flood
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From NPS:

“he National Park Service has begun a construction project to improve the aging and under-sized water distribution system in East Potomac Park. The project will replace several miles of water piping, backflow preventers, and fire hydrants for potable water and emergency use on the west end of the park, between the Jefferson Memorial and Buckeye Drive, SW. The $4 million project is expected to last approximately six months, and will improve water distribution in all National Park Service facilities in East Potomac Park south if I-395. (more…)

trash

A reader notes:

“Seems the trash cans in Sherman Circle need emptying. On the good side, an obvious increase in dog owners picking up, but man, that’s a lot of dog…”

Anyone know who picks up the trash in federal parks? Does NPS contract out to a private firm?

UPDATE from the National Park Service:

“Our NPS maintenance crew is scheduled to pick up the trash there this afternoon. They empty the cans and pick up trash at Sherman Circle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”

rodent-control

From the National Parks Service:

“The National Park Service (NPS) today announced a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to better control the rodent populations in national parks in the District. Under the agreement, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, DOH staff will inspect and treat national parks throughout the city. Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.

The NPS and DOH partnership will increase the frequency with which rats are treated in parks and improve the citywide coordination to control the rodent population. Additionally, DOH will also provide recommendations for making the parks less habitable for rats. (more…)

jean darc

Thanks to Rick for letting us know:

“Joan of Arc is swordless again at Meridian Hill Park. Any ideas when and what happened?”

The iconic Jeanne d’arc statue was completely restored in 2011.

[Ed. Note: Check out a video of the original dedication with President Harding in 1922 here.]

Maybe someone can figure out how to do this again in the meantime:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

hearst
3999 37th Street, NW

From DGS:

“The project will include design and construction including, but not limited to, new playground area, new tennis courts, renovation or replacement of existing soccer fields, new pool and pool house, ADA renovations to site, storm water management, remediation of site drainage, runoff, erosion issues, landscaping, fencing, site furnishings amenities, signage and hardscaping.
Project Details

Location: Ward 3
Construction Agency – DGS
Design Start date (Park and Pool) – April 2016
Design Completion Date – Winter 2016
Construction Start date – Park – Winter 2017
Construction Completion date – Park – Fall 2017
Construction Start Date -Pool – Fall 2018
Construction Completion Date – Pool Spring 2019”

Check out all the options: 09.13.16 Hearst CM3 Presentation_CGS (PDF)