“Meridian Hill Park’s fountain is the longest cascading fountain in North America” Should Be Up and Running in 6 Weeks

by Prince Of Petworth June 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm 11 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Any word on whats going on at Meridian Hill Park. For weeks no landscaping was done, there was trash everywhere and the grass was overgrown. They have since mowed but there is still no water in the fountains? Will the fountains be turned on at all this summer?”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

From the National Park Service:

“Meridian Hill Park’s fountain is the longest cascading fountain in North America, and it has a specialized pump motor. When we de-winterized the fountain, we discovered that the pump motor needed repairing, and because it’s so specialized, it needed more work than anticipated. We just awarded a contract this week to complete the repair of the pump motor. We expect the work to be completed and the pump installed within the next 6 weeks. We know how much the community loves this fountain, and we’re working to get it up and running as soon as possible.”

  • Susan

    and it will promptly close in early August

    • DupontDC

      Is that when they close it down? Asking because I was thinking of having engagement pictures taken here in mid-August.

  • nw_dc_1988

    I love Meridian, but this park has potential for so much more

  • Ok, so what’s the reason for the Dupont fountain not running…?

  • 10thSt

    What about the fountain amid the columns at the National Arboretum?

  • rgmwdc

    The park is in terrible disrepair this year. It is obvious the Park Service does not have the budget to maintain the park. There has been a noticeable decline in many of our parks including Meridian Hill, Dupont and Lafayette Square.

  • ST21

    Gotta say- NPS is an absolute joke. I can’t think of a single local success story from these clowns. This fountain, DuPont’s fountain, and the condition of countless parks they are responsible for around the area is completely unacceptable.

    Also- If you discovered the problem in the WINTER then how are you just awarding a contract in JUNE. This should have been addressed months ago. There is absolutely no sense of urgency from NPS for anything and you wonder if they even give a shit. What’s to stop DC from claiming these parks as our own?

    • boybert

      The statement says the problem was discovered when the pump was DE-winterized, indicating that it was in the spring.

    • MiddleOfNowhere

      NPS has over $11.5 billion (according to a Mother Jones article) in backlogged maintenance because Congress consistently underfunds it. This is a pretty consistently recognized problem. I think you are blaming the wrong group.

  • KBT

    This is because we don’t have a voting member in either arm of Congress. If we did, they could put it into a deal for their vote like every other member does. I get really worked up when I think about it.

  • Whitney

    Classic NPS bull. Why can’t we just get these parks turned over to DCPR already?


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