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New Park over Connecticut Ave Coming to Dupont?

by Prince Of Petworth June 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm 21 Comments


From Dupont Circle Citizens Association:

“Councilmember Jack Evans gave us an update on the legislation session and budget, including the news that $10M had been appropriated for a park covering Connecticut Avenue where it cuts under Dupont Circle from Q Street.”

Greater Greater Washington reported:

“[ANC Commissioner Mike] Feldstein said, “The next step is getting advice on what works in parks like that, and getting community input.” The park could break ground as early as October if plans can be approved, Lipinsky [Evans’communications director] noted.”


  • Anonymous

    I guess money talks. We have the perfect place to do the SAME thing in Bloomingdale and WE DON”T HAVE A PARK they already do (Crispus Attucks don’t count lol).

    Give us po folks some park love DC! Spend the bucks on those of us who don’t have a circle park already, then go back and help those who do. Seems kinda backwards to me.

    • Anonymous

      Money, and density, which that area of Dupont currently has more of.

    • purplepalace

      Yeah, we want/need this over North Cap at NY Ave too . . . Can’t the Truxton Circle get some tax $$$ love?

      • Anonymous

        Ugh. A park at that location would be worse than Franklin Park on a Saturday afternoon…

        • omglb

          What do you mean, worse than Franklin Park on a Saturday? People would provide services to the needy there? Is that a reason to not put green space in a city?

          It seems to me that this would be the perfect place for some greenery and, as others have said, would make the neighborhood more cohesive. Maybe next time for Bloomingdale…

    • Anonymous

      + 1000. I think the right answer is that we put parks in both locations, but as a Bloomingdale resident I’m sorely disappointed that Councilman McDuffie got outmaneuvered here while Evans was able to help the rich get richer. N. Capitol is a blight and this would be a huge step towards revitalizing that corridor and a good way to bridge the east/west divide between Bloomingdale and the bordering neighborhoods to the east. It should also go over NY ave too. Nothing is happening at McMillan in the near-term, and this would be a step in the right direction to make up for the years of neglect by the city of fencing off the neighborhood’s only public space.

  • jcm

    Bloomingdale has McMillan Park.

    • Anonymous

      : ) We have it but can’t use it. The way it is going it will be another privately owned park when we do finialy get it back in 5 years.

    • Teves

      Nice try…. McMillan “Park” has been fenced off for years.

      If you don’t know the neighborhood, why would you add noise?

      • jcm

        I know the neighborhood very well, thanks. It was a little joke directed at the NIMBYs in Friends of McMillan Park.

  • I feel like Dupont is experiencing a little bit of a “reset” … not quite the hot spot it used to be, maybe this will help give the area a shot in the arm.

    • AB

      Dupont is fine, it’s just not used to so much competition. I think the park would be a nice addition and could be a great model for similar areas around the city if its successful.

    • annonny

      If Dupont is a “reset” then Adams Morgan is at “game over.” Hope the construction in Adams Morgan will give that neighborhood a shot in the arm.

      • AdMo

        Care to elaborate on this “game over” scenario of which you speak?

        • anon

          No mo’ “AdMo,” please!

    • Anonymous

      The engineering and construction with these sorts of parks is tricky. Essentially, you’re building a high load platform while also trying to let traffic still flow. It’s not easy and it will be loud & messy.
      For all those complaining “wah wah wah, why not Bloomingdale?,” let them build Dupont first and work out the kinks. They’re probably doing Dupont first because more people will use and it will generate positive exposure for such projects. The tunnels along North Capitol are also MUCH longer than this one that goes under Dupont. Build a shorter version first to see what the actual costs will per square footage of coverage, determination of best construction practices, etc. Once this is a success, it will be easier to appropriate money and build momentum to expand these to other parts of the city (i.e. Bloomingdale).

  • Hilltopper

    YOu’ve got to be kidding me! $10M for a park, to be built between two already existing parks–Dupont Circle (yes, this is a park, administered by teh National Park Svc) and the wedge at 20th and Q. Meanwhile, our roads and schools are wrecks, and certain neighborhoods could use a cop or two at every corner. What a waste!

    • Accountering

      Meh, I tend to think if this is actually 10M, that it is a great idea. Fills in a wierd hole in the urban environment, makes the area a lot more pedestrian friendly, and does add more green space.

      I don’t really like the canard that “our roads and schools are wrecks” — first, they are not, schools are improving quickly, and are well funded. Second, just because one thing isn’t working completely perfectly, does not mean a city like DC cannot work at other things simultaneously. Should we not invest in ANYTHING else until we have schools at the level of FFX county?

    • jim_ed

      That’s a swell false narrative. Our schools are undergoing an enormous, comprehensive revitalization plan at over $1 BILLION. This is a eye dropper’s worth of money compared to what we’re spending there. But you’re right, until crime is at zero and every DCPS grad gets a full ride to Oxford, we shouldn’t invest in anything else that is for the puiblic good, like covering a traffic sewer with usable green space, ever.

      • Anonymous

        LOL, excellent retort.
        Additionally, DC spends more per student than any other state in the U.S. We spend more per student than both MD and VA. Yet schools are still ranked toward the bottom in the country. Money can’t fix everything.

        • While DC school spending is high, it’s not exactly the way you make it out to be. First, comparing a city with states is almost never useful. Second, DC has a unitary school system, whereas most states are split between state, county, and sometimes even local municipalities to provide public education. That makes determining how much is spent per pupil to be more difficult than just taking the DCPS budget and dividing it by the number of students.

          Finally, the District has had declining enrollment (but up until very recently) a steady number of schools. If most costs remain the same while the number of pupils decline, then the cost per person is obviously going to go up. However, with increasing enrollment and consolidation of many schools, this final problem will hopefully resolve.


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