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2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon Is This Saturday — Expect Rolling Road Closures

March 11, 2015

The Rock ‘N’ Roll DC Marathon and ½ Marathon will take place this Saturday, March 14. The race begins on Constitution Avenue, NW at 14th Street and finishes in Lot 7 of the RFK Stadium Grounds. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., travels north along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway before traveling east on Columbia Road and Harvard Street, NW. It then travels south on North Capitol Street before heading east again on K Street, NE. The race will create rolling road closures, so make alternate travel plans, take Metro, or refer to the race course map prior to heading out. For more information or road closure information, you can find more information at the Marathon Web site.

2015 marathon map

Checking Out Kalorama Playground Improvements

February 5, 2015

Kalorama Playground(A view of the 5-12 year old playground with the recreation building in the background).

I continue to be interested in the various playground improvements happening around D.C. We’ve made great progress with improvements at Park View Recreation Center over the past seven years and hopefully will continue to see move improvements there over the years to come. Due in part to the work still left undone at Park View, I like to compare it to other smaller playgrounds to see how it compares.

Map of Kalorama playground showing playground area in tan.

Map of Kalorama playground showing playground area in tan.

On January 27, 2015, I checked out the presentation for the playground improvements at the Kalorama Playground. Interestingly, Kalorama is about a 3 acre site compared to the 1.5 acres at Park View. With this in mind, I was immediately struck by how the larger Kalorama site has one primary building constructed between 1947 and 1949 that is larger that Park View’s original field house but much smaller than the primary recreation building at Park View.  With the emphasis at Kalorama on outdoor playground use rather than interior recreation center use, I again question if the smaller Park View site is overbuilt. I definitely believe that the buildings are not efficiently configured creating a lot of wasted space between them.

But back to Kalorama. In reviewing the Department of General Services Web site that includes the slide deck from the January 27th meeting, the overall project will address the site-work deficiencies from previous projects as well as address the erosion and water run off issues. The scope of work includes the following:

  • Site-work
  • Tree Protection and Remediation
  • Storm-water Management Improvement
  • Landscaping Improvement
  • Hardscaping Improvement

The focus of the January presentation was on the playground areas near the recreation building and along Columbia Road.

kalorama-playground-community-meeting-presentation-january-27-2014-4-1024(Detail of site plan, showing the 2-5 year old play area to the right and the larger 5-12 year old play area to the left.)

As with the renovations that occurred at Park View, the team working on the upgrades to the playground area presented several options for community members to get feedback on what neighbors would like to see in the areas. Below are a few images from the slide deck to give an idea of what is being considered, although it is too early in the process to know what the final plan will look like. The full slide deck should be reviewed for other design ideas.



Winter Class – Organic Food Gardening

January 30, 2015

For our community gardeners, I’m sharing the following information about a winter class on organic food gardening. I understand that the class is $200 (six classroom sessions plus field trip) with tuition assistance available. More information is below.

Prepare for the 2015 growing season and learn best practices for growing your own food in a way that is good for you, your community, and the land.

This hands-on course takes participants from winter into spring, showing how to reduce frustration and grow a productive, hardy organic food garden. The winter class is taught INDOORS and covers garden design, soil preparation, seed starting, and using grow lights and cold frames. Course includes six evening sessions, a field trip to a winter garden, and a detailed course instruction booklet.  Class size is limited, so be sure to register early!

Course starts February 11.
For more information, see the flyer below or visit NFI’s website:

Organic Gardening Course

New Community Garden in Planning for Girard Street

January 15, 2015

At last night’s meeting of ANC 1A, the Commission was presented with a proposal by residents in the vicinity of the 1300 block of Girard Street to turn a closed alley on the block into a community garden. The alley in question is on the north side of Girard Street between 13th and 14th Streets (about 1/3 the way to the east of 14th). The alley appears to have been closed for some time and has a fire plug blocking it at the street.

The garden would be created and built by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and run by local residents. The space currently contains a number of trees and an assortment of vines and other small plants. The plan calls for an arborist to assess the health and species of the trees currently on the site. Non-native, invasive trees and smaller plants will be removed to create the garden. The large, native catalpa tree at the center-east of the lot will almost certainly remain and lend its name to the garden as Catalpa Garden.

ANC 1A voted unanimously to support the project and looks forward to seeing the plan move ahead.

Below is a plan of the proposal.

Catalpa Garden


Exhibition on History of Hilcrest Children & Family Center Kicks Off on Thursday

January 13, 2015

This year, the Hillcrest Children and Family Center will commemorate its 200th anniversary to celebrate the resilient and amazing impact over the years among people with mental illnesses, physical challenges, and life adversities. Originally founded as the Washington City Orphan Asylum, the name was changed to Hillcrest Children Center in 1927.

To celebrate their bicentennial, a kickoff press event is schedule for Thursday, January 15th, beginning at 11 a.m. which will open the Evolution of Hillcrest Center Exhibit. The exhibit unveiling and press event are free and open to the public. See the flyer below for details.

Hillcrest Bicentennial Kickoff Flyer 4

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

New Years postcard

May Everyone have a Happy Holiday

December 24, 2014

Pepco has been in the news a lot lately, especially the merger with Exelon. It seemed like an appropriate time to share this photo of the old Pepco Building at 10th and E streets, NW, decked out in holiday cheer.

Pepco Headquarters Christmas


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