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Soldiers’ Home 4th of July Celebration Details Released

June 20, 2017

The annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is one of the highlights of the community, and its just around the corner. See the flier below for information on the 2017 celebration.

Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Park View Rec — Community Meeting Scheduled for June 13th

June 8, 2017

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPT) currently plans to return the annual Ty Hopkins tournament to the Park View Recreation Center this year. While no tournament was organized in 2016, it has become an annual event from 2002 through 2015.

In response to concerns raised by neighbors concerning issues including amplified music, trash management, impact on parking, and the overall size of the planned tournament, the DPR Roving Leaders will hold a community meeting Tuesday, June 13th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to discuss the tournament. The meeting will be held at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place, NW.

The current schedule shared by DPR is for an 8 week tournament to begin on June 26th and end on August 18th with games played on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Three games are to be scheduled for each night beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 11 pm. Games will be held at Raymond Recreation Center on rainy evenings.

(Action at the 2014 Ty Hop tournament.)

DC Trivia Night at Union Drinkery on Thursday, 8 pm

June 7, 2017

Here’s a fun event on Thursday that Georgia Avenue Thrive brought to my attention — DC trivia night here in Park View! See the Facebook page or announcement below:

Show your knowledge of DC at a DC Trivia Night at Union Drinkery on Thursday starting at 8pm. The folks from Neighbors United for DC Statehood are hosting a fun night about all things DC, including fascinating tidbits about DC voters disenfranchisement.

Josh Burch, from Neighbors United, is the MC and will share the “behind the scenes” DC stories in addition to asking pithy questions and providing the even cleverer answers. Brianna Nadeau, our very own Ward 1 council member, will be co-MCing, as well as the DC Attorney General. And yes, there will be a winner, and yes, there is a prize!

Don’t forget there is Small Fry & SunDeVich next door – same owners, so you can bring the food – makes for a great dinner & trivia outing for a Thursday night!

Have a good week and hope to see you at DC Trivia Night on Thursday!

Funk Parade Hits U Street on Saturday

May 3, 2017

The 2017 Funk Parade is schedule for this Saturday, May 6th! In addition to all the fun and festivities, those traveling in the areas should be mindful that streets along the parade route will be closed from approximately 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (full list of street closures and performance areas here).

Of note, the Festival will feature activations including:

Interested in going? Check out all the information on the Funk Parade’s Web site.

Washington’s 1967 Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim Pools

April 26, 2017

In May 1967, Vice President Hubert Humphrey announced that Washington would get 15 new swimming pools. The new pools would be 20-by-40-foot pools and were expected to be completed by July. The pools were designed to be shallow pools and to be located on playgrounds or community centers (including Park View), where they would be intended to be used by small children for wading and learning to swim.

The Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pool at Park View Recreation Center.

Image of Watkins pool with leaked water — from the Washington Evening Star, July 16, 1967.

The total cost budgeted for the new swimming pools was $40,000. The first three — at Watkins Recreation Center, Barry Farm, and Deanwood — were completed and open by July 16. However, they were found to have a design flaw that caused water to flow out of the pools and onto the grass surrounding them. The worst conditions were at Barry Farm and Watkins. At Watkins, the water ran to the sidelines of the softball diamond. At Barry Farm, the water ran downhill onto a children’s play area and directly under a set of swings. Efforts were undertaken to correct the problems and adjust construction of the other twelve pools then being built.

The final six pools opened in mid-August, behind schedule. They were the pools at Wilson, Benning Stoddert, Parkside, Lincoln-Capper, Garrison, and North Michigan Park.

While the pools were considered a success, when children began to enter the pools after hours the recreation department adopted a process of emptying each pool on a nightly basis, with each pool holding between 14,000 and 35,000 gallons of water — a very wasteful and time consuming practice. It also meant that the pools were not filled or used at all in 1977 due to an area water crisis.

With the pools now reaching their 50th anniversary, I reviewed the sites of each pool and discovered that only four of the original 15 pools still exist. These are at Park View, Watkins, and Lincoln-Capper. The map below shows the location of all 15 pools, with existing pools in blue and pools no longer existing in red.

Reviewing the locations of the Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pools also provides insight into the changing nature of playgrounds in the District of Columbia. For example, some pools have been replaced by aquatic centers (Barry Farm and Deanwood), some merely are gone while the playgrounds still exist, and in some cases the entire playground/recreation center no longer exists. An extreme example of the latter is with the old Garrison Playground which is nothing more than an empty field today.

(To the south of Garrison Elementary School is an empty field which was once the location of the Garrison Playground.)

It is difficult to tell what the future may hold for the remaining four Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pools. While the ones at Park View, Happy Hollow, and Watkins still appear to be going strong, the playground around the old Lincoln-Capper pool is currently surrounded by work to upgrade the surrounding playground, presumably to partially accommodate the neighboring Van Ness school.

Below are photos of Watkins and Lincoln-Capper as they currently appear.

(Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pool at Watkins.)

(Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pool at Lincoln-Capper.)

Soldiers’ Home Spring Fling Scheduled for May 6th — Seeking Volunteers

April 11, 2017

The Friends of the Soldiers Home’s annual spring fling is scheduled for May 6th this year. It is a great event where you can enjoy the lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. See the flyer below for more details.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is also seeking volunteers to help with the event. If you have some time to give, check out their Web site for details to volunteer.

May Everyone Have a Great New Year

December 30, 2016

I wish everyone a happy New Year and a prosperous 2017! To close out the year, here are some more holiday decorations from around the neighborhood.

warder-manor-lights(From Warder near Manor Place)

img_2006(On Park Place, south of Rock Creek Church)

img_2008(On Otis Place, just east of Warder)

img_2012(On New Hampshire Avenue, south of Spring Road)


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