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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Located just north of Picnic Area #6 on Beach Drive NW, Miller Cabin in Rock Creek Park is the only remaining log cabin of its kind in the area. It was built by the poet Joaquin Miller in 1883 by Meridian Hill Park. The cabin was moved to its current location circa 1911 to give way to city development. Reportedly, NPS has plans to relocate the structure once again.”

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“Dear PoPville,

For the past week I have been trying to find out what is going on with the East Potomac Park pool. You posted about the unknown status of the pool earlier this week. I have now received a response from DPR. I’m sad to share that they are filling in the pool with dirt and it seems that the pool may never be completed. DPR directed me to the updated project page which states “It has become necessary to demobilize and stabilize the East Potomac Pool project due to deteriorating site conditions from significant and unforeseen groundwater intrusion that ultimately made the continuation of the project both safety and cost prohibitive. Read More

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Laura writes: “Did you hear they’re filling in the pool to expand the golf course… How many city residents are going to play the golf course versus miss that fabulous pool?”

And John sends the photo above: “looks like pool being filled in? Any word on this?”

Last we check in December 2019 it looked like it was still being dug out. Plans were to open last summer but obviously that was way off target. Perhaps more info will become available as part of the new golf deal with National Links Trust. Updates as we learn more.

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701 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Ryan asks: “Missed the memo about the park at Eastern Market Metro apparently. any insight?”

See lots of details and renderings from an October report here.

From Department of General Services:

“Eastern Market Metro Park project is the result of a 2013 community led Master Park Plan commissioned by Barracks Row Main Street that illustrated new public space improvements surrounding the Eastern Market Metro. Read More

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From the National Park Service:

“Since 2013, when the National Park Service began reducing the deer population in Rock Creek Park, the park’s tree seedling density has more than doubled. To continue to protect and restore native plants and promote healthy and diverse forests, Rock Creek Park will conduct deer management operations between Nov. 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021. 

During this period, the NPS plans to reduce deer populations in Rock Creek Park and, for the first time, will include other areas under Rock Creek Park’s management. These areas could include Melvin Hazen Park, Soapstone Valley Park, Pinehurst Parkway, Glover Archbold Park, Battery Kemble Park and Fort Totten Park, among others. Read More

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“As the third oldest National Park established in the U.S., Rock Creek Park was molded by the two sons of Fredrick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park and is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Their vision was that “no matter how perfect the scenery of the park may be or may become, no matter how high it’s potential value, that value remains potential except insofar as it is enjoyed by large and ever larger numbers of people, poor and rich alike.” Thank you for leaving us such a treasure.”

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Ed. Note: In August 2020 we reported: “Memorandum of Understanding Signed for Armed Forces Retirement Home Redevelopment”, “includes approximately 4.3 million square feet of new development and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, as well as more than 20 acres of publicly-accessible green space”.

“Dear PoPville,

Saw this banner briefly over the weekend along Rock Creek Church Rd, where 5th St NW turns into Park Place. Read More

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