For the last few Tuesdays we have been hearing extremely loud noises, sort of like short explosions or shotguns, coming from Rock Creek Park (near Adams Morgan/Kalorama/the horse stables). Any idea what is going on? It is making our dog freak out!”
Maybe it’s related to what a member of the Cleveland Park listserv wrote:
“Once again, those of us who live adjacent to the Zoo were treated to a dawn wake-up call of workers making non-stop noise on the service road. This time, it appears to have been multiple leaf blowers (or something similar with hoses and loud motors switching on/off) going up and down the road, lasting from around 5:15AM until at least 6:50AM. These activities not only broke the law re: permitted start time for non-emergency work, they showed utter disregard for the nearby community.”
This picture is from Friday. Look closely at the construction worker and you will see them removing items from the ground.
I live at 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW and have a bird’s eye view of Sonny Bono Park, or what is left of it.
[The park was established in 1998 after Sonny Bono's death by Bono family friend Geary Simon, a local real estate developer. He approached the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation's Park Partners program and paid $25,000 of his own money to revitalize an unused 800-square-foot (74 m2) triangle of grass.]
The construction that has been going on for over a year has now on New Hampshire touched down in the park, and on Friday it looks like the construction workers uncovered the time capsule with Sonny’s “official Congressional cufflinks, and a mug from his string of Bono’s Restaurants. Thought you should know the landscape and contents of the park may never be the same. I wonder where Geary Simon is now and what should be done with the memorabilia uncovered this morning!”
“11th STREET BRIDGE PARK COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETINGS – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Help build Washington, DC’s first elevated park OVER the Anacostia River! Join us for a community design meeting about the 11th Street Bridge Park – a new civic space being planned in the nation’s capital. This is an opportunity to provide your input on this exciting project. At these meetings we’ll give an update about the project, work in smaller groups to help prioritize programming suggestions for the Bridge Park, and wrap up by using cutting-edge software to rapidly prototype programming concepts. This community-generated feedback will be incorporated into our nation-wide design competition to be launched in early 2014.
On Saturday, December 7 you have two chances to help shape the 11th Street Bridge Park.
We will hold a morning session at Matthews Memorial Church at 2616 MLK Ave. SE from 8 am – noon.
Can’t make the morning session? Join us for an afternoon session from 2 – 6 pm at 200 I St. SE by the Navy Yard metro station. Light refreshments provided at both sessions.
To RSVP for the morning session, go here.
And to RSVP for the afternoon session, go here.
Federal management of many DC public spaces – principally the urban parks far from the Federal core – is a subject that gets my panties in a bunch. Meridian Hill park is just one of many examples, and also the closest to my apartment and therefore my heart.
For me, nothing illustrates the absurdity of the arrangement better than the current shutdown. Witness: City residents making full use of the park despite “closure”; drum circle shut down because…wha?; trash accumulating; etcetera.
Are there any viable initiatives/actors who are trying to get assets like these turned over to city control? I would love to lend my efforts (yes, I know it won’t be a quick fix) to something like this. But first: I’m assuming the city would prefer to have control – is this so?”
“Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that, out of a concern for the spread of vermin, the Department of Public Works will begin servicing the litter cans at national parks in the District, starting Friday, October 4.
The collections only will take place from park sites that are accessible to the public (some parks have been barricaded by the National Park Service). The collections from these sites, which are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, will continue while the federal government is shut down.
“The National Park Service parks in the District attract large numbers of visitors – especially during the unseasonably warm weather we have been enjoying lately. It is imperative that someone remove the trash in a timely fashion before garbage piles up and rodents and other vermin are attracted. Because the federal government cannot step up to provide this basic service to District residents and visitors, I have authorized DPW to service the litter cans for the duration of the federal shutdown,” said Mayor Gray.
Park visitors are asked to put their trash in the litter cans to assist DPW in their efforts to keep the parks vermin-free.”
“So this is a pretty small thing in relation to what fed workers are going through but the photo is a sign from Melvin C Hazen park in Van Ness. It’s a nice little woods walk that I like to take on my lunch hour. The sign says ‘closed’ but I was still able to walk the trail.”
“This year’s installation will be within 3 big parking spaces at the corners of 1700 K St. NW & 17th, sandwiched within a block of both the Farragut North & West metros. We’re urging passersby to reassess their relationships with green space, and remind them of how important they are in an urban environment – and of course, the importance of trees in those spaces. We’d love to encourage you to open up a discussion about the installation itself or the general movement on your channels, whether social or real-time, and even come downtown to see us – we’ll be at our location from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm!”
You can see a map of all of tomorrow’s locations from DDOT here.
“Just got got confirmation [fountains at Meridian Hill Park to be turned off for the season] it’s the week of September 16th.”
This year the fountains got filled slightly later than in previous years due to budget constraints. And in previous years the fountains have remained filled until November. So unfortunately this is the last weekend to enjoy the great view until next year!