Battle of Fort Stevens 155th Anniversary Program is Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Posted July 12, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Celebrations, History, National Monuments and Memorials

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The annual program commemorating the Battle of Fort Stevens is this Saturday (7/13) from 10 am to 4 pm. Its a fun event and worth stopping by even if its only for a few hours (Check out their Facebook event page for details). Of particular interest, this year includes Cannon Firing events (Fort Stevens Field) scheduled for 12 pm and 2 pm.

This year’s theme focuses on the summer 1864 campaigns: Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, the Federal pursuit of Early culminating in the Battle of Cool Springs, and the 1864 Valley Campaign.

Below is the draft program, which give a good idea of the types of events and scheduled times.

Block Party on the 600 Block of Morton Street, NW, Tomorrow – 1-6 pm!

Posted July 12, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Sports leisure and entertainment

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If you’re looking for something to do in the neighborhood on Saturday, the Park Morton neighbors are hosting a block party on the 600 block of Morton Street from 1 pm to 6 pm. Full details in the flyer below.

Summer Youth Basketball Tournament to Begin at Park View Recreation Center Today

Posted July 8, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Sports leisure and entertainment

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Staff at the Park View Recreation Center have provided an outline of the 2019 Brian T. Davis Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament that will be at the center this summer. The tournament is set to begin today (weather permitting) and run through August 23rd.

Here are the details:

  • The tournament is for boys ages 16-18
  • 8 Teams will participate
  • It will run from July 8th to August 23rd (8 weeks)
  • Games will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (3 days a week)
  • There will be two games a day
  • The last game is planned to be over by 9:45-10:00 pm for clean-up/clear out before the rec center closes.

MPD Fourth District Leadership Meets with Park View Community on Public Safety

Posted June 27, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Community Meetings, Crime, homicides, MPD, Public Safety

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MPD Fourth District Capt. John McDonald (left) and Commander Randy Griffin (right).

In response to recent violence in the Park View neighborhood and staffing changes within the Metropolitan Police Department ((MPD), MPD Scheduled a community meeting on June 26th at the Park View Recreation Center. The meeting was well attended and included ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray and Kent Boese as well as representatives from the Mayor’s and Councilmember’s offices.

The meeting was presided over by the new 4D Sector 3 Police Captain, John McDonald and Fourth District Commander, Randy Griffin.

While there was little information the officers could share about the active homicide investigations related to the June 19th shooting death of 29 year-old Juan Marcell Grant on the 700 block of Princeton Place, NW and the June 22nd shooting of two people on the 600 block of Morton Street where 45 year-old Melton Grant was killed, they did respond to overall public safety concerns and share some information.

Commander Griffin shared that the murders are unrelated and acknowledged that the gun related crimes are up in many parts of the city, not just in Park View. He also shared that the typical age range for those involved in shootings is between 18 and 24/25. It was interesting to note that Captain McDonald shared that MPD officers in the Morton Street area have also been shot at themselves while on patrol and that special officers have been assigned to the area. Additionally, on Morton Street MPD is collaborating with the DC Housing Authority Police for that area.

According to MPD, often what is happening is that a petty argument escalates quickly and one person has a firearm, often illegal, who then used it. For this reason, MPD has made illegal gun retrieval a priority as part of their response.

Additionally, the meeting afforded an opportunity to have a more robust conversation about public safety in general, address tensions between newer residents and long-term residents, and emphasized that staying alert and being aware of your surroundings is instrumental in staying safe when out in the community.

At the close of the meeting the Park View Rec Center staff also gave an overview of their programs and what they are doing to help reduce violence in the neighborhood, including a summer basketball tournament for young men ages 16-18 and a series of community events in the works for Friday’s this summer.

Athletic Fields at Park View Rec Center and Tubman Elementary School Fail Annual G-MAX Safety Tests

Posted June 25, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Restoration repair and maintenance, Sports leisure and entertainment

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Park View Soccer Field is closed until repairs can be made to improve its safety.

On June 20th, the Department of General Services (DGS) sent out notice that they had begun their annual shock attenuation, or G-MAX testing, of the District’s 54 synthetic turf fields. As of last week, 13 fields had failed their G-MAX test out of 30 tested so far. Seven of the fields are in need of additional infill in order to return to compliance, however, six fields — including the athletic fields at Park View Recreation Center and Harriet Tubman Elementary School — will require more extensive repair.

All 13 fields were taken off-line immediately in order that the necessary adjustments and repairs could be made.  The extensive repair work could take up to two weeks; fields needing additional infill will require 1-2 days.

Below is the list DGS provided showing the fields that need to be repaired.

In speaking directly with DGS, I learned that they were scheduled to be on site at the Park View field on June 24th to inspect the field and assess the appropriate measures to repair the field and reopen it for community use.

You can read more about G-MAX and the testing at the DGS G-MAX webpage which includes the individual reports.

Special Public Safety Meeting Scheduled for Park View on Wednesday 6/26, at 6 pm

Posted June 24, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Crime, homicides, MPD

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Commander Randy Griffin and Captain John McDonald of MPD’s 4th District have scheduled a special community meeting to discuss community safety concerns within ANC1A / the Park View Community.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at the Park View Recreation Center located at 693 Otis Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010 from 6pm to 7pm.

This meeting is open to the community, and I encourage neighbors to attend if they are available as I know we all have questions about public safety in light of the recent homicides and other violence in our community.

Most recently, on June 22, 2019, at approximately 9:50pm, patrol officers of the Fourth District received a 911 call regarding a shooting in the 600 block of Morton St NW and the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW. Upon officers’ arrival, one adult male was located in an unconscious state on Morton St NW with multiple gunshot wounds. The male was transported to a local hospital where life-saving measures proved futile and he was pronounced deceased. Another adult male was located in a conscious state on Georgia Avenue NW with one apparent gunshot wound to the body. The male was transported to a local hospital and listed in stable condition.

This was hot on the heals of a homicide that occurred on June 19, 2019, at approximately 9:25pm, on the 700 block of Princeton Pl. NW. When officers of the Fourth District arrived on the scene, the victim was located in an alleyway suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where life-saving efforts proved futile. The victim was later pronounced deceased.

With the murder of Breon Austin on April 19th, this makes three homicides in 2019 so far for the year in Park View, which is a marked increase. Overall in ANC1A, there have been 5 homicides thus far for the year with two more occurring along 14th Street in Columbia Heights.

Heads Up, CSOSA & MPD Third District Hosting Public Safety Roundtable

Posted June 10, 2019 by Kent
Categories: MPD, Public Safety

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I’ve just been notified of the following CSOSA/MPD 3D Community Roundtable to promote Safe Neighborhoods that will be on the evening of June 20, 2019. Please see the flyer below for details.

While this event is at the Third District Substation, the information should be relevant to all residents regardless of what police district they live in.


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