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1330 New Hampshire Ave, NW

In response to a Dupont listerv question:

“The Heurich House Museum has just adopted the park and will be taking over care and maintenance of the Sonny Bono Park.

In a somewhat mixed blessing, at the beginning of the season, someone (not us) cleared out the old plantings, added a bunch of topsoil, and added new grass and plants. While it was helpful to have the old plantings and bushes removed, the soil and plant addition were not done properly, which is why they look the way they do today.

We have a wonderful garden planned for the space, and will be started to clear the property soon to make way for the new work.”

From an email:

“If people want to donate, they can send us checks (1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036) or donate on our website (www.heurichhouse.org) and add a note that they are directing the donation to Sonny Bono Park. We will also be creating a Kickstarter-type website for donations that should launch within the next 2 weeks.”

Check out the plans:

Sonny Bono Pocket Park Plans (PDF)

Future Sonny Bono Park rendering:

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Ed. Note: Graffiti intentionally whited out to limit exposure

“Dear PoPville,

The parks department has been doing a great job keeping Meridian Hill Park looking good this year. It’s so disappointing to see that vandalism with graffiti that is starting to show up. Overall it feels like this type of vandalism is on the rise again in DC. Do you know what if anything the DC police are doing about this?”

Are others noting a rise in graffiti around town?

Ed. Note: Park Police are in charge of preventing crime in the park not MPD (DC) police.

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“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to pass along a pretty disappointing photo. The Carter G. Woodson Park was recently completed in Shaw at a cost of over $1 million. It is a beautiful space and a great addition to the neighborhood. However, after every storm, a sizable portion of the park floods due to poor drainage. Many of the new plants are already showing damage. It is a shame that the landscapers didn’t anticipate this problem. Hopefully, it can be fixed soon and the park can live on for many years as it was intended.”

Ed. Note: When I first saw one of these giant puddles in Petworth years ago, I was confused too but was told it was perfectly normal that it was just a rain garden intended to collect water like this. Isn’t this same thing?

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Behold, DC’s first long-term parklet! It doesn’t seem like the most relaxing location but people are using it.”

A Golden Triangle BID’s press release says:

“Passers-by on K Street in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will soon have a new outdoor space. A parklet, which is a mini-park created by extending the existing sidewalk, will transform two parking spaces into a playful, energetic area in front of 2020 K St., NW.

The parklet, named parKIT, was created by two Gensler designers who won an in-house design competition. The BID and Gensler will hold small activities in the park each week through the rest of the summer with a theme of “Making the City.”

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Turkey Thicket Recreation Center located at 1000 N Michigan Ave, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Just saw this on the Brookland Listserv. Insane:

Turkey Thicket bans children from the pool from 6:30 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday (pool is closed on Sunday). This policy even affects the children’s pool – which has been empty since the policy was implemented. The pool claims it gets too crowded yet instead of implementing a first-come, first-serve policy, the pool has decided it is best to ban families. Families who go to the pool to teach children to swim are told to use the splash park. When temperatures rise to dangerous levels – especially for young children – families are told to go outside and use the splash park. No other D.C. public pool has this policy. Turkey Thicket is one of the few pools easily accessible by metro & bus.”

Via email DPR says:

“We are evaluating our popular summer programming at the pool. We will alert residents with any changes and updates.”

Ed. Note: A couple years ago we spoke about a swimmer who was banned for wearing a swim shirt here.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From a press release:

“Four new postage stamps featuring the water lilies of Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens are springing up in homes and businesses across the country. Issued this year by the U.S. Postal Service, each stamp depicts a midsummer close-up of one of four classic garden water lilies cultivated at Kenilworth’s gardens.

“These stamps, like the lilies themselves, are more than simply stunning,” National Park Service Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said. “They shine a spotlight on more than a century of plant propagation and wetlands protections in the northeast corner of Washington, DC. You really have to visit this national park in person to gain a full appreciation for the innovative work taking place here.”

The water lily stamps are available in booklet form online and at post offices across the U.S. See the originals in person now, as the bloom season enters full swing at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Water lilies are aquatic herbs that live in both temperate and tropical climates around the world; they are found in still freshwater habitats.

The blooms are still spectacular in early July, making this a great season to visit. On July 11, the National Park Service will hold the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival with support from our cooperating association Eastern National and park partner, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The festival showcases the spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom and the cultural connections that these plants foster. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can take part in a day of free music, educational programs, art, hands-on activities, and more. The water lily stamps and other products that showcase those stamps will be available for purchase at the festival. Find more information at www.nps.gov/keaq.

Public transportation is the best way to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival. A free shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Minnesota Ave Metro station on Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. Parking at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is very limited; satellite parking and a free shuttle service are available at Kenilworth Park and Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center.

The only National Park Service site devoted entirely to the propagation and display of aquatic plants, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is known worldwide for its unique landscape and botanical, educational, and recreational contributions. Ongoing programs introduce visitors to the lush aquatic vegetation and habitat thriving along the marshes just east of the Anacostia River. Find Your Park at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Kenilworth Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20019.”

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A reader writes on Saturday:

“I was just laying out in meridian hill park today at 4pm with a male friend. I am a female in a bikini. This man was hiding behind this tree, laying out long on his stomach like a sniper so he couldn’t be seen from my angle, taking photos from the ground in between my legs and of my butt. A group of women saw him. I confronted him and he ran away. I chased him across the park and got a few good photos. This happened in a very public area. Has anyone else reported this creep? What can I even do about this?”

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“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday (5/17) around 8:15 p.m. a man fell from the upper level of Meridian Hill Park, on 16th Street just south of Crescent Place. He landed on the concrete wall next to the sidewalk on 16th. According to witnesses, he was breathing when he landed and then stopped. I saw someone give him CPR until emergency services arrived and there were a number of shocked witnesses standing around – it was a grim scene. He was eventually taken away in an ambulance.

I can’t stop thinking about the victim and wondering whether he made it. :( There haven’t been any news reports as far as I can find. The drum circle was still in full swing up there at the time of the accident – did anyone else see it happen?”

On Sunday a reader tweeted us the photo above:

“16th St by Meridian Hill Park, 830pm. DCFD rescuing someone from terrace below big retaining wall”