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Battle of the Parks: Which is Your Favorite?

Georgetown is blessed with four major parks within its boundaries: Rose Park, Montrose Park, Volta Park and the Georgetown Waterfront. Together they make up an emerald necklace strung around Georgetown’s historic homes. In GM’s opinion, they are among the top two or three reasons to live in Georgetown.

But which of them is the best?

Rose Park

Photo by Digitaldetection.

Rose Park is located on the eastern boundary of Georgetown between P St. and M St. It is owned by the city and administered by the DC Parks and Recreation department. Of the four parks, it probably has the most interesting history. Located as it is near the center of the historic Herring Hill neighborhood, Rose Park was a treasured resource of Georgetown’s African American population. It was founded in 1918 by the Ancient Order of the Sons and Daughters of Moses to serve the area’s African American children. Throughout its history it was known as Patterson’s Park, Jacob’s Park, or Winship’s Lot. While officially designated for Blacks only, the park was always a de facto integrated park, used by residents of all races.

Today Rose Park continues to be very popular. It offers:

  • A long and narrow grassy area used mostly for dog walking, picnics, and small ball games like bocce.
  • Three of the best (but most crowded) tennis courts in Georgetown
  • Full basketball court
  • Large playground
  • Little league park
  • Summer full of events
  • A Friends of Rose Park group
  • A summer farmers market every Wednesday

All and all a solid entry. What have the others got? Continue reading

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Hub and Spokes – An Update

Is 2 > 40?

In GM’s very first substantive post, he discussed the proposal by CycleLife at 3255 Water St. to eliminate one parking space outside its doors and replace it with bike racks for 40 bikes.

Its been almost eleven months, and there’s still no change to the street layout. GM contacted CycleLife to see whether the plan was still alive.

It turns out that the plans are still moving forward. According to Steve Anderson, CycleLife’s Director of Member Services, the final rack designs are still being reviewed by two District agencies. Despite the bureaucratic delay, Anderson does not foresee any impediment to the plan finally coming to fruition.  They should know for sure by November.

As GM discussed way back when, this is a great proposal for Georgetown. One street parking spot is immaterial to the thousands of people who come to Georgetown each day. Once construction to the final phase of the Georgetown waterfront comes to an end, having establishments like CycleLife down by the park will be a boon to the completed park and those that would like to bike there.

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The Morning Metropolitan

Good morning Georgetown. GM’s prayers are with the victims of the Metrorail crash yesterday and their friends and families. While it seems particularly trite this morning, here’s the latest:

  • The Georgetown Running Company gives us a well needed laugh with its fantastic coverage of the Georgetown Fathers Day 8k, it brought back in GM some chilling memories from high school XC
  • Something will be filming down at the Georgetown Waterfront all Wednesday afternoon. It’s not clear whether it’s that James L. Brooks movie or if it’s more from Plumegate. Apparently it will involve fake rain, although with the weather as it’s been, maybe they can forego the fake part.
  • (After a little digging, turns out it is that Brooks movie). Hey, at least it’s not the Real World. At least not yet…

Photo of the garden behind the Old Stone House by Flickr user Jaime Bazan used under Creative Commons license.

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Construction of Georgetown Waterfront Phase II

Bulldozers moving around dirt for the Georgetown Waterfront Phase II. Just two more years and the waterfront will be complete.

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Warm Weather Brings Life to Waterfront

Today’s warm weather has brought life to the new waterfront, offering hope that this long awaited for project will be a popular destination this coming spring. Some fuzzy shots after the jump:

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Georgetown Waterfront – Phase II

In response to the photo of the Green Electric Range, reader Jay Reeder asks:

 

what’s happening to the “old” waterfront park (between the spiffy new one and Washington Harbor)? I was shocked last week when I found the old park completely walled off with that ominous-looking “we’re gonna build something here” chain-link fencing.

So what’s the deal? Is the old park going away?

 

Never let it be said that GM doesn’t take requests. So here it goes:

The Georgetown Waterfront redesign was envisioned as “extending from the Washington Harbour complex to Key Bridge, creating the vital last link in 225 miles of parkland from Mt. Vernon, Virginia, to Cumberland, Maryland…[it] will be the largest park to be created in the Nation’s Capital in 30 years—since the completion of Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in 1976.”

Construction of the revitalized park was planned to happen in two phases. The “spiffy new one” that Jay Reeder mentions is Phase I. It was completed this summer, and improves the waterfront experience immensely. Construction on Phase II has just now begun. It is expected to take about two years to complete. So to answer your question, yes the old park is going away. So what’s replacing it?

 

Courtesy of the National Park Service

Courtesy of the National Park Service

Phase II will be the final link in the chain. It will have a prominent water feature, a large pergola, and steps down to the water to give access to watersports and to serve as seating for regattas.

 

The water feature, sure to be a kid-pleaser - Curtesy of the National Park Service

The water feature, sure to be a kid-pleaser - Courtesy of the National Park Service

Frankly, compared to the current park, it doesn’t look like the final park will be that different. However, the stairs down to the water and the water feature will probably be popular additions. Also, they are trying to “anchor” the whole park with a plaza right below Wisconsin Ave. GM is always a little wary about “plazas” as they tend to be either wind-swept or sun-baked expanses of nothing, but this design combined with the surrounding natural beauty should result in a park we can be proud of.

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