Ed. Note: Tons of folks have written – apologies for the delay in posting.
I am not sure if anyone else has written in to you about this, but Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Government recently announced a proposal to redevelop the Park Morton public housing community at the Bruce Monroe Park site in the Columbia Heights/Park View/Pleasant Plains neighborhood in NW DC.
The community can’t afford to lose Bruce Monroe Park. The park includes basketball courts, tennis courts, a pavilion, and a community garden. The park is used and loved by an entire neighborhood that is diverse ethnically, socioeconomically and across all ages. The park is also used as a recess, gym and after school play site for the kids at Ceasar Chavez Public Charter School.
This is not an issue of choosing Park Morton redevelopment OR keeping the Bruce Monroe Community Park. There are alternative options to redevelop Park Morton and keep Bruce Monroe Park. For example, there are several abandoned, vacant and dilapidated buildings that line Georgia Avenue that would be a much better solution than paving over a beloved park.
“The NoMa Parks Foundation, recently acquired a parcel at Third and L Street, NE that will be developed into NoMa’s first park. The acquisition adds to the great community amenities in NoMa and makes good on the promise of beautiful public spaces for the neighborhood. The lot is the first acquisition for the NoMa Parks Foundation and will enable the creation of a roughly 8,000 square foot park. The land is titled to the District of Columbia government.
The NoMa Parks Foundation invites community members and park enthusiasts to the second NoMa Parks Community Conversation to discuss plans for NoMa Parks and public spaces. This community meeting will take place on November 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1225 First Street, NE. Representatives from D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation and other government partners will attend. A community meeting to discuss the Third and L Street, NE lot will be held soon thereafter. For more information and to RSVP for the November 19th Community Conversation, please visit www.nomaparks.org.”
“I came home to this flyer last night. I believe this must be referring to the vacant city-owned lot that serves as an unofficial dog run at 19th and Lamont St NW. I don’t know any details beyond what’s on this flyer and the one Twitter user who said there’s talk of turning it into a playground.”
Ed. Note: The twitter user referenced says “I haven’t seen flyer but hysterics concern differences btwn some that want no change vs. playground vs. ‘landscaping’. from what I gather it is DPR property and won’t be privately developed.”
“In the early spring, East Potomac suffered a structural failure which jeopardized the facility from opening this summer at all. DGS and DPR retained an engineer to provide an assessment of the structure who then made recommendations for a temporarily fix to safely get guests through the summer.
This facility is over 75 years old and with the current state of the infrastructure, it will take us longer than normal to properly winterize the building. If we do not take the time to winterize it properly, we risk a catastrophic failure and the facility being unusable for a very long time. We are all trying to avoid that. To ensure we have enough time to winterize it, the facility will close on September 30th which is still three weeks longer than most municipal pools on the east coast.”
Things I’ve walked by a thousand times and never actually checked out vol. 11 – Tregaron Conservancy:
“In a city of world famous and popular monuments, an under-the-radar 20-acre Country Place era estate on the edge of Rock Creek Park called Tregaron, was hands down the most popular destination in TCLF’s first ever What’s Out There Weekend, September 25-26.” (The Cultural Landscape Foundation October 2010 E-Newsletter) (more…)
“The 22nd annual National Public Lands Day will take place on Saturday, September 26. Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with the Songbird Project and the National Park Service (NPS), will host a special volunteer cleanup event at Picnic Area #29 in the Piney Branch section of Rock Creek Park from 10:00 – noon. Community members will gather to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park with brief remarks at 10:00, and then participate in the newly announced stewardship program. Rock Creek Conservancy and park supporters will then continue the celebrations at the 125th Anniversary Gala later that night.
At the event, Rock Creek Conservancy will announce a commitment to the improvement and beautification of Piney Branch for the entire community to enjoy. The event will also feature a special introduction from NPS Superintendent Tara Morrison, who will kick off the proceedings. After, community members and volunteers will help remove invasive plant species; clear vines from trees, fences, and stone walls; and remove trash and litter.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at more than 2,100 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This year, organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout, and Rock Creek Conservancy is proud to be part of this day of service.
Rock Creek Conservancy’s 125th Anniversary theme, Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park, offers an invitation for all to be inspired by and become engaged with the park. People interested in volunteering for the event can find out more information and sign-up on Rock Creek Conservancy’s website, rockcreekconservancy.org.”
“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and D.C. Fire and EMS Department are joining forces to see if they can get at least 200 people to learn CPR skills in one day in the neighborhood during the Golden Triangle CPR Challenge.
Hands-Only CPR involves training people to administer CPR to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.
The CPR Challenge will take place Fri., Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in Farragut Park at Connecticut Avenue and K Street with quick 20 minute sessions, open to all area workers and residents. The training is easy; people can just walk up without an appointment. The sessions will be part of the BID’s Farragut Fridays.
“We encourage everyone to take part in this training. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Bystanders will never know when they may need to administer CPR,” says Dr. Jullette Saussy, medical director, D.C. Fire and EMS Department.”
“PARK(ing) Day is returning to the District of Columbia on Friday, September 18, 2015, from 9 am to 4 pm. District residents and businesses put their creativity on display for last year’s event, building more than 20 pop-up parks in curbside parking spaces.”
“A global tradition started in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that brings community leaders, artists, and activists together to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parks. This year, spearheaded by the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Washington Parks & People, and the DC Council, the event will convert all 13 Councilmember parking spots in front of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) to temporary parks on Friday, September 18 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. (more…)