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Bummer for volleyball players. From NBC Washington:

“Now he and hundreds of other players will have to pay a $30, non-refundable fee online for two hours of play and reserve a court.”

From Change.org:

“The sand volleyball courts next to the Lincoln Memorial are Washington D.C.’s most valuable public volleyball resource. If you have been there, you know that individual players, teams, and friends of all ages and experience levels are welcome to play at the open-access courts FOR FREE, whenever they want. For the past 40 years, hundreds have played each week as soon as the weather is warm (and sometimes even when it’s not!). (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Great news via Frozen Tropics from the USDA:

“On April 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) will once again be open to the public seven days a week, its original operating schedule. USNA continued a full research schedule but reduced the public schedule by three days a week in 2013 due to reduced funding, closing to the public Tuesday through Thursday. The Arboretum is operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency.

“We are very pleased that the U.S. National Arboretum will return to its normal operating schedule on April 14,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, ARS Administrator. “In addition to the vital plant research conducted there, the Arboretum is also a source of relaxation and enjoyment for the public and visitors to Washington, D.C. We are thankful for the support of the Friends of the National Arboretum in helping us to restore the Arboretum’s normal operating schedule. It is a great example of well-functioning private/government partnership benefiting the public.”

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) is the principal private, nonprofit partner of USNA. FONA began raising funds following the 2013 schedule reduction to facilitate resuming USNA’s seven-day schedule. The funds raised by FONA will help pay for custodial, security, and public information services for the three days of operations over the next three years. (more…)

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From the National Parks Service:

“The National Park Service is accepting comments from the public on a proposed plan to relocate geese from parts of the National Mall using environmentally safe and humane methods. The project would use border collies at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument grounds and John F. Kennedy Hockey Fields to haze the Mall’s large and growing Canada goose population into moving to other parts of the park. Comments are being accepted online through April 22, 2015.

Large flocks of resident Canada geese around the National Mall leave excessive goose droppings, as much as 2-3 pounds per goose per day. More than a nuisance to pedestrians, the droppings damage the pumps and filters of the Reflecting Pool;degrade the park’s natural and cultural resources;and their feces have potential to create a public health hazard. With the assistance of the border collies, which are bred to herd sheep and have a natural instinct to round up flocks of geese, the geese will be encouraged to abandon the lawns and water in these areas and relocate elsewhere. No birds will be physically harmed during the hazing process.

How to Comment (more…)

A reader sends from Change.org:

“Cities need gardens! The community of ANC6a in Northeast Washington DC is growing with development and an exciting place to live. The Wylie Street Garden has created community among the longtime and new residents over 10 years. Two of three lots are privately owned and one is owned by H Street Community Development Corporation HSCDC. The community of this neighborhood, HSCDC and property owners recognize the how public gardens bring value to our lives. Time spent engaged in a green space after creates appreciation, communication, reflection and conversation. We intend to save and update the only remaining green space along the H Street corridor as the heart of H Street that represents our historical path of perseverance. Signing this petition will make a difference in every day of our city living in a great neighborhood.”

801 Shepherd Street, NW

If you’re wondering about the heavy police presence around the Petworth – I’m hearing it’s for a Presidential visit.

Update from @karentravers:

“Pres Obama is doing an #MLKDay service project at Boys & Girls Club in DC’s #Petworth neighborhood. His 2nd trip to area in a yr @PoPville”

First visit to the area was:

“Powell elementary-remarks last March when he released his budget.”

Georgia and Upshur St, NW


Ed. Note: If you disagree with the OPs about the safety of skating on the canal please do so in a civil and respectful manner. Thank you.

“Dear PoPville,

A note of thanks to some good samaritans and a warning for those going skating on the C&O Canal:

On Sunday morning, two friends and I went skating on the canal, dropping in from the parking lot just next to Chain Bridge. We were heading down toward Georgetown and throwing a puck around, but by about 12:30 the ice in some places was beginning to look at bit wet so we turned around. Just as we went under the Chain Bridge in the middle of the channel heading north, the ice gave way and the three of us fell in.

Fortunately some very kind people passing by on the trail managed to fish us out. We are all fine — albeit a little scratched and bruised — now that we have dried off and warmed up. The only casualties seem to be two hockey sticks, three hockey gloves, a tube of Chapstick and three iPhones (though each of those is now snuggled in its own bag of rice — fingers crossed).

However, in the excitement and the cold, we never had a real opportunity to thank those people who helped us. So to the two men who pulled us out, and probably got very wet and cold in the process, a huge thank you. The same to everyone else who stopped and offered warm clothing — we really appreciate all the kindness that people showed to us today.

Even after all of this, we would all skate on the canal again. Don’t take this incident as a reason not to. It’s is a beautiful way to spend cold winter morning. But be careful of the ice underneath the bridge, which apparently gets soft easily because of the runoff from the roadway above. Stick to the river side of the canal where at least if the ice does break, it’s only knee deep.

And if anyone happens to pick up two hockey sticks and three hockey gloves from the canal, please let us know. We admittedly wouldn’t mind getting them back!

Thanks again,

Jenny, Mai and Rachel
(The C&O canal swim team)

P.S. Our apologies to the Park Service for littering. It certainly wasn’t our intention.”

Ed. Note: Georgetown Metropolitan has previously posted that it is legal to skate on the canal – from C & O Canal National Historic Park:

It’s that time of year and weather when Park visitors may go ice skating.

The ice skating issue is addressed in the Park’s rules (reprinted in the C&O Canal NHP Volunteer Manual):

“Ice skating is permitted at your own risk park-wide, except where prohibited by signage.”

There are signs at Widewater, where the water is so deep it never freezes enough to be safe.

Our role is to advise visitors of unsafe conditions when we become aware of them.  Do so nicely.  Elsewhere, the canal is usually safe because it is so shallow.  People may get wet feet and be cold, but this is rarely a life-threatening emergency.  If you are not sure, telephone dispatch and talk to them about it.

If person goes through the ice at Widewater or other deep water area, call 911.  No heroics; without the right gear, you will just be another casualty.   If an animal goes through the ice, no humans should be put at risk to save it, but you could call dispatch and ask what they recommend.

“Dear PoPville,

Lots of police activity in the bottom right corner of Meridian Hill Park [10:45am]. 8 cop cars and crime scene tape. Any idea what’s going on??”

‏@RudeHaggis tweets:

“Body at Meridian Hill Park this morning. At least, I think that’s what the police were hiding behind a sheet. @PoPville #dc”

Updates when/if more info is known.

@grahamacdonald tweets us:

“@PoPville confirmed body found”


Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From NGA:

“The 2014–2015 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink on the National Mall will begin November 14, 2014 and continue through March 15, 2015, weather permitting.

This season, Guest Services offers an exciting new program and broad range of skating lessons for all ages, taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter, and Sergey Korovin, who together have some 60 years of teaching experience, in addition to their experiences spanning figure skating, ice dancing, choreography, hockey, and more, on local, national, and international levels.

(two-hour sessions, beginning on the hour)
$8.00 adults
$7.00 seniors (age 50 and over)
$7.00 students (with school ID)
$7.00 children (age 12 and under)
$195.00 season pass

Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate rental: $3.00 (ID required)
Locker rental: $0.50 ($5.00 deposit required)
Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
Season tickets are available for $195.

Ice Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink and Pavilion Café is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.”

All OMA + OLIN renderings via 11th Street Bridge Park

From a press release:

“At 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, OMA Partner Jason Long and OLIN Partner Hallie Boyce will present their community inspired design concept and vision for the 11th Street Bridge Park. District Department of Transportation Director Matthew Brown and 11th Street Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz will provide opening remarks.

After a seven-month nationwide competition, the OMA + OLIN design was unanimously selected by the competition jury. The design team was asked to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a one of a kind new civic space over the Anacostia River.

Continues with lots more info and renderings after the jump. (more…)