Well this could be awesome – Zen Garden for 13th and Quincy St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2016 at 11:20 am 16 Comments


Thanks to Vann-Di M. Galloway, DTM, Commissioner, Single Member District 4C06 for sharing:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation has plans for the property bound by 13th Street, Kansas Avenue and Quincy Street, NW. The District proposes turning the rarely used triangular plot into a ‘Zen Garden Space’ with a north-south permeable walkway and a recessed circle with a stone wall for sitting.

Check out the full PDF of the plans: DPR-Zen-Presentation

  • I agree, although that wasn’t my first reaction. I thought: “who would want to hang out on a patch of land flanked by two busy roads? But the design won me over. It’s worth a try particularly since there are so many plots like this around DC. that are totally under/unused

    • Anonymous

      They’re busy, but not busy like 16th street or NH Ave. I agree with you, I think there are too many of these parks that are barely used and anything that will draw more people into using them is a good thing IMO. Of course it needs to be maintained, hopefully the city, park service, or maybe even a group of neighborhood residents will take care of it.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    It seems they have yet to incorporate the sand, the big rocks, and the wooden rake elements.

  • Ryan

    Looks like it could be a great spot to hang out and have a few drinks on a nice afternoon.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Yeah, I hope it remains BYOB and we aren’t forced to buy Corona and Modelo there.

  • Cool idea. My only hope is that they send someone to keep up the area, especially to shovel the snow in winter…this triangle is always a hazard of ice and slush for days after wintry weather.

  • Anonymouse

    Amazing. So cool! It’s true these are busy streets, but the design I think tries to create a zen oasis. I’m picturing outside morning yoga or excercise classes. This is also where the super popular lemonade social happens so I’m sure it’ll be much appreciated. very excited!!!!

  • Ben

    Is this where the proposed Cabi station is going?

  • New2DC

    Curious as to why they would plant ginkos. Seems as though people complain about them so much, especially the smell. Won’t that drive folks away?

    • textdoc

      I think it’s only the female gingko trees that produce the stinky fruit — maybe they’re planning on planting only male trees.

  • NT

    Reminds of the similar plot of land at 13th & Arkansas, that is landscaped with trees and bushes and has benches and art pieces. It’s nice to have the space, but I never see anyone hanging out or playing in it. Partly, I think, because all the landscaping. Partly because of the busy-ness of the surrounding roads.

    The un-landscaped triangular “park” at Illinois & Gallatin (arguably a quieter stretch of road) I see people use all the time. Kids playing football, soccer, etc. Old men playing horseshoes. People throwing frisbee or playing with their dog.

    • Near Northeast

      I hang out at the one at 13th and Arkansas pretty regularly at lunch. I wish I knew the name of the artist who made the mosaic sculptures. Anyone know?

  • zandunga

    I’m jealous. The triangle at NH and 4th has a tree that produces spiky balls making the area unusable. There are also weed trees that have been left to grow.

    • Steve F

      That is a sweetgum tree. There are currently 2 groupings of abelia bushes which do not get enough sun to really grow well.

    • Steve F

      The sweetgum tree has a damaged trunk along NH. If you were persistent enough you could probably get it taken down.

  • LT

    I live on Quincy and walk my dog to this triangle multiple times per day so quite familiar with the spot… this plan seems a little weird to me because the grassy area really isn’t very big. No complaints though. Will be interesting to see how it ends up.


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