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Dupont will get a new park over Connecticut Avenue

Where Connecticut Avenue dives under Dupont Circle, there is a block-long space between Q Street and the circle which residents have long dreamed of covering over to create a park. Now, that is likely to actually happen.


Image by M.V. Jantzen.

Councilmember Jack Evans (ward 2, which includes Dupont) announced at last night's Dupont Circle Citizens' Association meeting that the fiscal year 2015 budget will include $10 million to deck over this area and create a park.

According to Tom Lipinsky, Evans' communications director, Evans asked Chairman Mendelson to add the funding in the final phase of the budget, approved last week. ANC Commissioner Mike Feldstein has been working for some time to build support for the idea, sketch out possible designs, and get rough cost estimates, and he approached Evans about funding the project.

Feldstein said, "The next step is getting advice on what works in parks like that, and getting community input." The park could break ground as early as October if plans can be approved, Lipinsky noted.

Local architect John Jedzinak created a concept sketch for what a park might look like. Feldstein emphasized that this is not an official design, but just something showing various ideas; the real design process (which could use some of these ideas, or others) is yet to come.


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Besides simply adding park space, which is always valuable, this would better connect the two sides of Connecticut Avenue, and add plenty of room to enjoy food from the eateries nearby. Further, since this would not be National Park Service land, it would be possible to program this space with events much more flexibly than NPS regulations allow for the circle itself.

Behind the buildings on the west side of Dupont Circle is a fairly large surface parking lot, which is a rarity in the neighborhood and not the best use of space when it could have needed housing. However, one argument against developing this space (besides it being up to the property owner) is that the farmers' market uses that parking lot and adjacent 20th Street. This park could possibly become the new site of the farmers' market.

There is a similar block with a sunken road on North Capitol Street between T Street and Rhode Island Avenue. Once this project is complete, it would be a good idea for the council to consider funding a deck park there as well.

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

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Could they put anything other than a park there? Buildings?

by Richard on Jun 3, 2014 10:41 am • linkreport

Right. A park would be a huge improvement over a trench. But the space is right next to an existing park... so more park space might not be as useful as more housing or office space. Is it much more expensive to deck it over for development than for a park?

by Gavin on Jun 3, 2014 10:44 am • linkreport

That concept sketch is so ridiculous. "Let's just drop the logos from the stores nearby onto a green backdrop and put in some ballet dancers. That's a great park!"

Ugh.

by recyclist on Jun 3, 2014 10:45 am • linkreport

Richard: I don't think so, because even if it were desirable and not too expensive, Connecticut Avenue is a major L'Enfant Street, and the National Capital Planning Commission doesn't want permanent things blocking the views along those.

They rejected many elements of the Eisenhower Memorial because columns and tapestries would be in the right-of-way for Maryland Avenue or Independence Avenue. I suspect nothing permanent of any appreciable size could get approval to be built in this space.

by David Alpert on Jun 3, 2014 10:45 am • linkreport

This would be incredible news if this is built. $10M seems like a small amount, however, of what this will actually cost to build.

I would also like to see the National Park Service sell its vacant buildings and shacks around Dupont and on Massachusetts Ave so these can become restaurants and kiosks.

by 202_Cyclist on Jun 3, 2014 10:46 am • linkreport

I love this idea. Open space there would be very welcome and definitely help connect the area.

by Adam L on Jun 3, 2014 10:54 am • linkreport

This is wonderful news. 10 million does seem like a small amount. You'll need tons of earth to say nothing of an adequate drainage system to support the plant life.

by Thayer-D on Jun 3, 2014 10:54 am • linkreport

very much agree that a surface parking lot is not the best use for that land, but unclear on who owns the lot?

If anything, the south side would need a park more.

by charlie on Jun 3, 2014 10:54 am • linkreport

I assume this new park would be under DC govt control and not NPS? That would allow for more/better programming compared to the headache of trying to do anything in Dupont Circle.

by jeff on Jun 3, 2014 10:59 am • linkreport

Thanks for also including North Capitol. It's easy to envision improving space in our most beautiful and expensive neighborhoods, but we can't forget that less affluent and powerful neighborhoods also deserve improvements of their own.

by AndrewB on Jun 3, 2014 10:59 am • linkreport

@Richard @Gavin

So, an office building with no foundation? That'll work.

by holycalamity on Jun 3, 2014 11:00 am • linkreport

@holycalamity
Isn't that exactly what they're doing over 395?

by engrish_major on Jun 3, 2014 11:02 am • linkreport

This is a much-needed improvement for the neighborhood. The National Park Service has neglected Dupont Circle and it is in decline. The sidewalks and benches are decaying; the fountain is rarely cleaned and is often covered with green algae. Sadly, the largest sign of neglect is the thinning tree canopy especially on the perimeter of the Circle. Many trees have been lost to weather events these pasts few years and not a single tree has been replaced. Not to mention, the trashcans in the park are frequently overflowing with trash because they are too small and falling apart. Let’s hope the city’s investment in a new park will do something to spruce up the commercial area. It is evident the Park Service does not have the means to improve the park which has contributed to the decline of Connecticut Ave north of the Circle. A new park over the underpass would do a lot to reunite Conn Ave and hopefully spur some investment to the streetscape. A lively park with café tables and chairs similar to Bryant Park would be a great addition to the café culture in Dupont.

by rgmwdc on Jun 3, 2014 11:02 am • linkreport

Any idea how long construction will take, and whether it will require shutting down the underpass? That could make traffic around Dupont Circle drastically worse. (FWIW, I take the 43 bus through there every morning and am grateful to be able to bypass the circle).

by JB on Jun 3, 2014 11:02 am • linkreport

No block-long trench on the South side of Dupont as you have between the circle and Q St on the North side.

Other similar holes: One block over E St Expressway between 22nd and 23rd. Two half-block holes on both sides of Washington Circle.

Not much around E Street to prompt a deck, but Washington Circle (AKA Circle of Death) could use more walking options especially with all the retail in the area.

by babakm on Jun 3, 2014 11:03 am • linkreport

So, an office building with no foundation? That'll work.

Need not be an office building. 1-2 levels would be great.

If it can support parkland, dirt trees and people, it can support a light building.

by Richard on Jun 3, 2014 11:03 am • linkreport

Richard: I don't think so, because even if it were desirable and not too expensive, Connecticut Avenue is a major L'Enfant Street, and the National Capital Planning Commission doesn't want permanent things blocking the views along those.
They rejected many elements of the Eisenhower Memorial because columns and tapestries would be in the right-of-way for Maryland Avenue or Independence Avenue. I suspect nothing permanent of any appreciable size could get approval to be built in this space.

If that is the case, perhaps something less than a building. Perhaps a covered space(roof) that could house a seasonal cafe and farmers market.

I love grassy parks, but I dont know if the area needs more of that. A roofed space might make the outdoor space a little more appealing if rain threatens or the sun is strong.

by Richard on Jun 3, 2014 11:05 am • linkreport

is there room for a light building AND sidewalks? Is there a place for drop offs (including deliveries) without blocking the general travel lanes? Looks to me like a park is the optimal use. I395 has a lot more space.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Jun 3, 2014 11:07 am • linkreport

Richard,

You could try something like permanent food stalls. It's probably to much to ask for a proper beer garden like Munich or something but that'd be nice.

by drumz on Jun 3, 2014 11:11 am • linkreport

I could be into the "partially covered" idea as well -- like seen in this rendering from Dupont Underground: http://districtsource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/04/ConnAve-CapPark-1200x533.jpg

I hope that as this progresses, we really harness the opportunity of making an excellently designed public space on non-NPS property. No need to be conservative, and a design competition would be a great start.

by David Garber on Jun 3, 2014 11:11 am • linkreport

NCPC took issue of features just edging into the corners of the viewshed on Maryland Ave. The view is particularly important there, but they made it clear it was a general position.

Long before then, the memorial design guidelines said that nothing higher than grass could occupy the central 50 foot swath, because it was a gap between monuments in the L'Enfant Plan. Dupont is the monumental site.

Here, I think a plaza makes more sense, especially if the roadway could be pushed closer to the centerline. The sidewalks on this block are tiny considering the traffic they get!

by Neil Flanagan on Jun 3, 2014 11:16 am • linkreport

Pushing the roadway closer to the center does make sense, but likely increases the cost dramatically due to the increased load and engineering. It also means completely reconfiguring a number of intersections at no small cost.

by Alex B. on Jun 3, 2014 11:18 am • linkreport

Love the idea and if it works here, next step should be decking over North Cap (I would argue these projects should at minimum be Public/Private Partnerships...). That said, I'm completely skeptical that this can be done for $10 million.

by DeReMe on Jun 3, 2014 11:20 am • linkreport

Connecticut Avenue is a major L'Enfant Street, and the National Capital Planning Commission doesn't want permanent things blocking the views along those.

As a resident and someone who uses the space on a daily basis, I wouldn't want a building blocking the view either. The view up Connecticut Ave from Dupont circle is lovely, especially at sunset.

Anyway, with a few clever tricks, I think the underpass could be covered for $10M, for instance using pre-cast, concrete beams with lateral support between them, as was done in a bridge-widening project in Atlanta in 2006. http://aspirebridge.com/magazine/2008Winter/5th_street_win08.pdf

by Scoot on Jun 3, 2014 11:35 am • linkreport

If this park is developed, hopefully DDOT and WMATA think of some way to re-route the D2 bus. The D2 bus is an important transit link to Glover Park and it often takes at least ten minutes for the D2 to from the north entrance of Dupont to the other side of Dupont Circle.

by 202_Cyclist on Jun 3, 2014 11:38 am • linkreport

I love this idea, but I do worry a little bit about sapping the actual circle's energy by spreading park users around too much. So this space, however it's designed, needs to offer a clearly different type of experience.

Outdoor dining spaces are the first thing that springs to my mind.

by BeyondDC on Jun 3, 2014 11:38 am • linkreport

$35 million and several years of disruptive construction later, we'll have a wonderful place for the homeless to panhandle in.

by Eric on Jun 3, 2014 11:41 am • linkreport

So we have people actually saying not to build parks because the homeless or poor may use them. Got it.

$10 million seems a little on the low side but when you don't have to engineer for cars, trucks and transit, or a building it's basically a pedestrian bridge. I'm thinking it's at least double or triple once it's all done. Open space would be nice, to differentiated from the nonlinear circle. A temporary tent-like structure would be great.

by Randall M. on Jun 3, 2014 11:49 am • linkreport

Why not go ahead with the N. Capitol one too? Why wait?

by 11luke on Jun 3, 2014 11:54 am • linkreport

Kiosks like Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

by Crickey7 on Jun 3, 2014 11:59 am • linkreport

That looks like a sad park. That concept art is ridiculous - why would the ballet be there, and why would the kid be sitting reading where he's certain to get accidentally hit by a purse or kicked in the face?

by asffa on Jun 3, 2014 12:02 pm • linkreport

it's not only a park, it's a portal back into washington-that-never-was!

by Mike on Jun 3, 2014 12:44 pm • linkreport

A full building might be infeasible but it should be reasonably easy to have some small fixed structure like an espresso stand, crepery, etc. with a few tables.

by Chris Adams on Jun 3, 2014 12:55 pm • linkreport

What if we built the park, but included robots that would murder the homeless. I love compromise.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 1:07 pm • linkreport

Cool. I think DA is right on, if they could get the farmers market to relocate to the new park space and develop that lot it's fantastic. $10 million is obviously way too low but it would certainly be enough to start the project. The local BID should contribute at least some of the cost of build out. Given the zoning and engineering difficulties a building on the park is probably prohibitive and doesnt really sound all that attractive anyway. How about an annex of the sculpture garden, albeit one with smaller/lighter pieces to compliment Dupont Circle fountain?

by BTA on Jun 3, 2014 1:13 pm • linkreport

This should be an open architectural competition, the original crowd sourcing practice, to solicit the widest range of ideas. Not the usual procurement route so subject to insider favors and narrow interests. We don't want to see an insipid design that would only confirm the received idea that the city is incapable of producing higher-order culture. We want to see an ambitious proposal that will make Dupont Circle a new destination in the city that's more than just expensive new restaurants.

by Julian Hunt on Jun 3, 2014 1:35 pm • linkreport

If the park doesn't have a clear purpose it will mostly revert to the homeless, much like Franklin Park.

This seems like a nice idea, but likely to be very expensive and cost money that probably could be better spent somewhere else. It might help revive the Dupont shopping/dining area, although I don't think the consequences of the Eastward movement of population will be mitigated by this.

by Rich on Jun 3, 2014 1:35 pm • linkreport

Washington Circle (AKA Circle of Death)
I'm not sure when the last time you walked though, but about a week ago DDOT finally turned on all the new traffic and ped signals. They created at least one new crosswalk (across the PA Ave stub) and signalized the rest of them. Bad news if you're a driver, but walking in the area is much safer and less stressful now!

by dcmike on Jun 3, 2014 1:36 pm • linkreport

@ Randall M.

It's not about not wanting somewhere for the homeless - how about donating the $10 million to a homeless shelter, or improving conditions at DC General (http://dcist.com/2014/06/homeless_families_will_rally_at_dc.php).

Park's are nice, but Rich is right.

by Eric on Jun 3, 2014 1:41 pm • linkreport

If the Farmers market moves to the deck park, the city should trade zoning changes/development rights with the parking lot owner in exchange for some serious funding for the park's construction, or long-term (maintenance, programming) costs. Something of a land swap. Public-private partnerships!

by Tess on Jun 3, 2014 1:52 pm • linkreport

I think it's pretty hard to make the case that a park located in one of the heaviest pedestrian-use areas of the city will not be used. In addition, a grass covered lid will provide stormwater filtering, reduce heat island effects and reduce noise pollution from the road. All of this talk about it being overrun with the homeless is ridiculous. This is not going to be like Franklin Park it will be like Dupont Park. It practically is Dupont Park.

I hope they create some sun-tube style skylights down to the underpass to reduce the need for lights there. And a bocce court would be perfect.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 1:56 pm • linkreport

In conjunction with a decking project, the existing U-turn lanes at either end of Connecticut Avenue at the circle should be eliminated. They are little used but force pedestrians to wait on a little sliver of concrete with the potential for traffic on both sides.

by Larry Cole on Jun 3, 2014 2:04 pm • linkreport

"$10 million is obviously way too low but it would certainly be enough to start the project."

Sorry, but no. How about instead of accepting a preposterously low number that's being floated just to get a green light for the project, taxpayers demand an accurate projection of the costs so that we can make a cost-benefit decision armed with all of the facts? (I know, I know: that assumes way too much rationality w/r/t public choice, but I hate the constant bait-and-switch that occurs with public works projects that almost always come in over budget.)

by JB on Jun 3, 2014 2:20 pm • linkreport

Why is $10 million obviously too low? Canal Park cost $18 million. It was three times as big and included an ice skating ring and a restaurant, plus a lot of environmental remediation, construction of new roads, an electric car charging station, etc...

$10 million seems totally doable to me.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 2:34 pm • linkreport

Canal Park doesnt have 6 lanes of traffic underneath it as far as I know.

by BTA on Jun 3, 2014 2:42 pm • linkreport

It's not either or homeless or a new park. But especially a park (if not exhorbitantly priced) like that can generate enough additional tax revenue to pay for itself in the long run.

by BTA on Jun 3, 2014 2:46 pm • linkreport

Canal Park doesnt have 6 lanes of traffic underneath it as far as I know.

No. It has 0 lanes. And puffins are not the same as penguins.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 2:50 pm • linkreport

I mean that's my point... you can't compare the construction costs. This is going to have more complicated engineering because it would be kind of bad if the park collapsed into the tunnel.

by BTA on Jun 3, 2014 3:00 pm • linkreport

OK, but $10 million is not out of the question for a park of this size. This isn't the first such park built. Seattle has Freeway Park for example. How much do those cost?

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 3:07 pm • linkreport

What a waste of resources -- there is a park just feet from here!

Can we please not forget the huge number of people in need who live in our city before we build a park next to a park?

by mch on Jun 3, 2014 3:29 pm • linkreport

Why not just abandon the tunnel, return the roadway to grade, and create beautiful and wide landscaped sidewalks adjacent to the buildings - where the people already are. Auto traffic would be calmed some, the street would be easier to cross, the two sides of Connecticut better related visually and functionally. Park-like spaces that are separated by roadways from activity generators like retail are hard to do right. Not impossible - Dupont Circle itself is proof of that - but it would present a challenge.

by Ron Eichner on Jun 3, 2014 3:33 pm • linkreport

Can we please not forget the huge number of people in need who live in our city before we build a park next to a park?

I think the big tax cut is more of a threat to helping people in need then this park would be.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 4:01 pm • linkreport

According to google Freeway Park cost $24 million in 1976 or about $100 million in todays dollars. Obviously it looks much bigger than this park but I would be surprised if it did end up being $20+ million at the end of the day.

by BTA on Jun 3, 2014 4:08 pm • linkreport

Don't worry everyone, theres plenty of density capacity in the city to address necessary housing... And... where... does one find this? If every viable space keeps going for everything EXCEPT development. You can say well we'll just build it up at the reservoir, or other neighborhoods, except of course when proposals come up they are gutted by nimbys.

What a joke

Enjoy your park next to a park, enter Xhibit meme

by Navid Roshan on Jun 3, 2014 4:47 pm • linkreport

Freeway Park is 5 acres. This park would be 0.3 acres, or 1/16th the size. It's not crazy to think it would be 1/10th the cost.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 4:50 pm • linkreport

Really big bocce court.

by Crickey7 on Jun 3, 2014 4:52 pm • linkreport

It's not crazy to think it would be 1/10th the cost.

It's not at all, but I think it would depend on the scope of the project. Simply decking over the current void and programming that space will undoubtedly be more affordable than a complete reconfiguration of the streets, curbs, storm drains, traffic signals, etc.

If every viable space keeps going for everything EXCEPT development. You can say well we'll just build it up at the reservoir, or other neighborhoods, except of course when proposals come up they are gutted by nimbys.

What a joke.

Joke? I must have missed some sarcasm. Are you telling a joke?

This is not a viable space for development. It is the equivalent of a traffic island.

I think it's safe to say that this particular concept won't make or break DC's housing crunch one way or another.

by Alex B. on Jun 3, 2014 5:14 pm • linkreport

Needs benches, A swingset/kid play area, and I like the water feature plan in the ballet park painting

by asffa on Jun 3, 2014 5:21 pm • linkreport

Was impressed during a recent visit to Boston by the Rose Kennedy park built over the Big Dig. Something similar could work here, especially if shade and benches built into the plan, and perhaps a playground.

Disagree that the proximity of Dupont Circle makes this potential park redundant.

by Willow on Jun 3, 2014 5:58 pm • linkreport

Alex B, if infill projects are all that is viable, this project does make or break DC housing crunch because it is an indicator. It in and of itself isn't the issue, it is the system that repeatedly wastes spaces like this. And btw, those buildings that are shown in the picture would like to disagree about this just being a traffic island. The point isn't what it is, it's what it could be.

Parks and Stadiums are the sugary treats of urbanism; unfortunately DC's got terrible dietary habits. *opinion*

by Navid Roshan on Jun 3, 2014 6:29 pm • linkreport

Putting buildings here would be very difficult. This space is very narrow. It would need a way for people to get in and out so some of the space would be sidewalk. Building a deck is relatively easy but you large building requires more support, water, electricity. That's going to make the price go away way up. There are other places, better places to build affordable housing then right here. In fact, it's unsuitability for a large building is exactly what makes it a perfect place to build a park.

In addition a tall building is going to very quickly generate opposition from the owners of buildings on each side of the street. They paid a lot of money to be on a street where their business is visible from both sides. They are not going to want the character of that neighborhood so dramatically changed.

by David C on Jun 3, 2014 7:25 pm • linkreport

What it could be is limited by the site location. It's in the middle of a street. It's public right of way, not private land. And it's not as if this were once land occupied by cityscape, torn down to cut a freeway through town- it is and always has been (since the implementation of the L'Enfant Plan) public space.

I get your argument about making better use of underused land, but this is not the case to make that argument. Are you also proposing to build an apartment building in the median of Pennsylvania Ave?

It's not an indicator of anything related to development, because developing it into an apartment building was never a realistic option. If you wanted to argue about the small surface parking lot one block to the west, that's different.

by Alex B. on Jun 3, 2014 7:34 pm • linkreport

This is a great idea, as long as it is maintained and respected as a real park and not as some glorified dog latrine in the middle of the street.

by Jack on Jun 3, 2014 7:43 pm • linkreport

@jeff--

I'm not sure that I share your view that DC control would be superior to the National Park Service. I look at the once-beautiful pool built at Wilson HS, which DPR runs, and see how poorly they have maintained and managed this valuable asset.

by Jack on Jun 3, 2014 7:46 pm • linkreport

It's an excellent idea whose time has come. It looks as if height restrictions may be lifted, somewhat, so anything is possible. The area is dire need of a project such as this one.

by Marty Daymude on Jun 3, 2014 11:08 pm • linkreport

Buildings are not an option at this site, full stop. NCPC would never approve it, and they shouldn't. Let people have a viewshed for once!

by Neil Flanagan on Jun 4, 2014 1:03 am • linkreport

The farmers' trucks are notably missing from the painting. The city's farm markets... Dupont, Eastern Market, H Street, Penn Quarter... are all parking lots or closed-off streets.

by Turnip on Jun 4, 2014 5:33 am • linkreport

Turnip, there is parking on the access lanes of Connecticut Ave parralel to this proposed park. All they would have to do is reserve that for vendors Sunday morning.

by BTA on Jun 4, 2014 9:08 am • linkreport

I lived in Boston and they did a great good of putting in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. This should serve as a model for DC. The Greenway sits on land created from demolition of the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway under the Big Dig. It is a beautiful space uniting neighbors that had been cut off for years by an elevated highway. The greening over of Conn Ave would be a big improvement and make much better use of the space.

by lived in boston on Jun 4, 2014 9:56 am • linkreport

Whoa! Shouldn't this plan include making greenspace out of the horrible "heat island" by PNC Bank where the Capital BikeShare stand is? Restore Mass Ave has been trying to get its plan for trees there into the city discussion for some time. We have important support from the bank and others. PLEASE contact us for more info. Alpert: Could you do a story on "treeing" this neglected part of Dupont Circle?

by Deborah Shapley on Jun 4, 2014 10:07 am • linkreport

$10 million seems reasonable for a simple deck-over with some drainage, grass and simple plantings, a retractable sun-shade structure, a few kiosks and some programmable space.

For comparison, Philadelphia rebuilt the South Street Bridge in 2010 for ~$60 million. South Street bridge is over 1/4-mile long, crosses under 2 RR tracks, over 6 electrified RR tracks (NEC/SEPTA), over 4 lanes of I-76, has two on/off ramps to I-76 and a ramp/stair to the Schuylkill River Trail. The construction schedule had to take place without disrupting NEC rail traffic and only nighttime lane closures on I-76. Oh, it was also built to bear the dynamic load of 3-4 lanes of traffic and has two signalized intersections. If you need proof that $10 million should be enough to construct a short deck with minimal load requirements: There it is.

by KG on Jun 4, 2014 11:16 am • linkreport

@Deborah Shapley --

GGW is always looking for new contributors and new content. DA and the rest of the team have a lot on our collective plate right now, but if you have an idea for a blog post on "treeing" that part of Dupont, we strongly ask that you look over our guest article guidelines and submit something of your own... and from there we can work with you on getting it into tip-top shape!

Thanks!

by Aimee Custis (Editorial team) on Jun 4, 2014 1:55 pm • linkreport

Thanks for the shout out to the should-be similar park over North Cap between T and RI! I'm happy for Dupont, but given that there's already a gorgeous park right there, I'm disappointed this was prioritized over N. Cap. We could really use more pleasant pedestrian passageways between Eckington and Bloomingdale. This would also help encourage the revitalization of North Capitol, which is coming along but has a long way to go.

by JL on Jun 4, 2014 4:24 pm • linkreport

If $10 million can be spent HERE for a park, why not for a large plot of land that WAS a park but hasn't been for 60+years because of a fence and won't be so much of one in the future because of greedy developers and a corrupt city council? Shoot, I just answered my own question. https://imgflip.com/i/9crf7

by parkless resident near McMillan on Jun 5, 2014 11:07 am • linkreport

parkless resident cute picture. Where's the lot in question?

by asffa on Jun 5, 2014 11:41 am • linkreport

NOMA competition with 49 finalists an example of what could be done for the Cap Park:

http://www.nomabid.org/2014/06/semi-finalists-announced-for-the-noma-underpass-design-competition/

by Julian Hunt on Jun 5, 2014 12:25 pm • linkreport

Jack,

Those of us involved in parks know the superiority of NPS to DPR regarding training and design. DPR is a turnstile. It's pretty bad - of course there are valuable employees there, but overall it doesn't have the integrity that NPS has. There's not the depth of experience and appreciation for design. I appreciate your pointing this out. (And yes, NPS could be more responsive.)

by Jazzy on Jun 6, 2014 12:15 pm • linkreport

DC Gov't is too flush with ca$h these days, i'd like to see them quit raising my property taxes to spend on such foolishness.

by Brian on Jun 9, 2014 4:09 pm • linkreport

What a waste of money. Any supplemental projects should address the many problems the city has, not build unnecessary things like this.

by Brett on Jun 10, 2014 5:44 pm • linkreport

In order to call it a waste, one should lists the costs and benefits and show that costs exceed benefits. Or that another project has a better cost-benefit ratio

by David C on Jun 10, 2014 7:33 pm • linkreport

I love this idea. My six-year-old and I live a block away and would really make use of a pleasant green space. Dupont Circle park is overcrowded, not very well maintained, and doesn't have the kind of grass a child can run around barefoot on. We moved recently from the Navy Yard area in order to be able to attend the excellent Ross Elementary School, but have really been missing the beautiful DC parks from our old neighborhood (Yards Park and Canal Park). Plus, the current highway set-up makes for an unpleasant, loud, and dirty walk to the Metro. I'm delighted to think what a difference a calm green space would make, if configured as well as Yards Park and Canal Park are.

by Ross Mom on Jun 14, 2014 2:28 pm • linkreport

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