Washington, DC

Photo by Andrew Pasko-Reader

From DPR:

“In accordance with Mayor Muriel Bower’s lifting of the District’s Stay-at-Home Order and the start of Phase One, DPR outdoor facilities will be available for public use beginning Friday, May 29, 2020.

Like you, DPR is excited to begin this first phase and reopen our many parks and facilities after an extended closure. We look forward to welcoming residents back and appreciate your patience as we work to make sure all these public spaces meet our Gold Standard and are ready for our residents’ use. If an amenity at your local DPR facility is not ready immediately, rest assured we are working as fast as possible and will be there soon.

Starting Friday, May 29, the following DPR facilities will be OPEN with social distancing safeguards: Read More


Photo by Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been walking around the track for the past two months without issue, but yesterday when I went over there a security guard yelled at me that the park was closed. I’ve been at the Park with a security guard before, but they only yelled at people who were hanging out–anyone who was moving was allowed to stay. I thought that the parks were open for recreation purposes, so I was very confused when the security guard yelled at us.”


“Dear PoPville,

We’re looking to do outdoor day trips/hikes but having a hard time finding options or actually what is open.I’m assuming people aren’t sharing bc they don’t want it to get crowded but is there a way to check easily? Each park site is confusing and I don’t know what is closed?”


1869 – courtesy United States Botanic Garden

From the United States Botanic Garden:

“Today is the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Botanic Garden! Created in 1820, the Garden is the oldest continuously operating public garden in the United States. From desert cacti to tropical palms to colorful orchids, they grow more than 65,000 plants from across the United States and around the world. Read More



From DC Water:

“The National Park Service (NPS) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) and approved DC Water’s proposed Soapstone Valley Park Sewer Rehabilitation Project. Soapstone Valley Park is managed by Rock Creek Park and is located southeast of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and Albemarle Street NW, extending to Broad Branch Road NW.

DC Water has determined that the Soapstone Valley Park sanitary sewer system has exceeded its design life and is in need of rehabilitation. Through this project, DC Water will rehabilitate aging sewer infrastructure within Soapstone Valley Park while limiting disturbances to park resources.

The EA described a No Action Alternative and a Trenchless Alternative (DC Water’s Preferred Alternative) for the proposed project and identified and evaluated the impacts on natural and historic resources from implementing these alternatives. The NPS has selected the Trenchless Alternative for the project.

The proposed project will involve the following: Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I just had the most disturbing experience in Rock Creek Park. I was walking on the trail when a runner came up behind me and took both hands and shoved me off the trail. I stumbled and almost fell, as he kept running. I yelled after him that this is not a time to be touching people, and he screamed that I should have gotten out of his way as he came up behind me, and I was in the middle of the trail. Read More


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