Thanks to Rick Servoss for sending:
“Underground utilities serving the Meridian Hill fountains have been scanned. Hopefully won’t be long now.”
Ed. Note: Back in May we learned that “The Meridian Hill Park fountains are currently non-functional and in disrepair due to a broken supply waterline”. Updates when the water starts flowing.
Hopefully we’ll get to see this again soon, stay tuned:
The Washington Post reported:
“Foul odors and visible sewage have seeped through Turtle Park, a popular playground and spray park in upper Northwest Washington, and children who played there recently have become ill, according to a D.C. Council member.”
Turtle Park reopened after a major renovation last year.
I was wondering if you could please post about a volunteer cleanup/”revitalization” event we are having this Saturday in Meridian Hill Park. We are hoping to hold these events the third Saturday of every month, from 10 am – 1 pm, since a lot of the upkeep is needed on a consistent basis. (more…)
From the NoMa BID:
“NoMa’s largest park, located along the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) and Harry Thomas Way NE, is gearing up for construction later this year. Consistent with the wildly successful naming of Swampoodle Park (at 3rd and L streets NE), the NoMa Parks Foundation is relying on the input of community members to identify names to suggest to the DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser. The proposed names for the “NoMa Green” are: Gales Wood, Met Branch Commons, Tanner Park, and Union Green. Take the survey to vote.
Previously, the NoMa Parks Foundation received 112 submissions from community members, collected at a community meeting and through online outreach. (more…)
Photos courtesy DPR
From the Department of Parks and Recreation:
“Visual artist Kiril Jeliazkov and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) unveiled “The Orange Step,” a one of a kind open air art installation consisting of 128 individual canvases, each 22 feet high and 11 feet wide at DPR’s Rose Park in Georgetown [26th and O Streets, NW.] The exhibit will run through June 7. (more…)
via Library of Congress
From the National Park Service:
“The National Park Service will mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Resurrection City on Saturday, May 12 with a symbolic reconstruction of the tent city that was erected on the National Mall in May, 1968 to protest poverty. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JFK Hockey Fields, located on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the actual location of Resurrection City. (more…)
Saw this yesterday in Meridian Hill Park. This guy is literally going all around the park with hedge shears cutting all the trees/bushes that are overgrown. This guy is not waiting on the park service to do it’s job.”
Awesome. Now how are his plumbing skills?
From the National Parks Service:
“The Meridian Hill Park fountains are currently non-functional and in disrepair due to a broken supply waterline under the containment pool at the bottom of the cascades. The break is under the historic concrete of the pool floor. The park has identified funds and is in the process of contracting the work which includes cutting and removing a portion of the pool floor, excavate to the waterline and repair as needed. We are working to have the supply waterline work completed by early summer. (more…)
I was wondering if you knew what was going on with the grass/fence situation on the main square of Meridian Hill Park? They fenced off the area in the Fall to, I assume, give the grass protection and time to grow more fully. Then a couple weeks ago some bulldozers drove around and tore up a ton of the grass that had grown back, and now it’s mostly mud and dirt. I assume this is some crazy grass growing technique? When will they take the fence down so people can sit again?”
Side note: I’ve also asked the National Park Service when the expect the fountains will be turned on this year and unfortunately they either don’t know, or don’t wish to respond.