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Park View Children’s Pool to Open This Saturday!

May 26, 2011

Park View Rec Center Pool

All DPR pools will open this Saturday, May 28, 2011 (unless otherwise indicated). Hours of operation will be Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00 p.m.
(Closed Weekdays until Tuesday, June 21st)

Please consult the DPR Aquatics Facilities Guide at the following link for additional information:

http://dpr.dc.gov/DC/DPR/Facilities+and+Permits/Aquatic+Facilities#1

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Park View School to be Modernized, No New Building for Bruce-Monroe

May 23, 2011

The Park View School has been serving the community since 1916

In a meeting at the Wilson Building late on Friday afternoon (5/20/11), Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced that the District would be moving forward with the modernization of the Park View School and had no plans to build a new school on the Bruce-Monroe site, which will continue being used as a community park for the immediate future.

Deputy Mayor Wright began the meeting by briefly recapping the events that lead to the present public school situation in Park View. He acknowledged the frustration of the communities impacted by these events and clearly stated that the purpose of the meeting was to map the path forward. As learned in the meeting, one factor in the decision to move forward with the Park View modernization was the District’s inability to secure the public/private partnership for the redevelopment of the Bruce-Monroe site that would have financed a new school building. Other factors included the investment of $3.3M in the Park View School that has already occurred since 2008 and the solid condition of the school’s overall structure. It was also noted that the basic design of Park View is good and that the District would not be able to achieve the same results with a new building for the same money.

Even with the improvements already made at Park View, Deputy Mayor Wright made it clear that the school does not currently live up to the standards that parents, teachers, and the community should expect. Nor does Park View currently provide an ideal learning environment.

Deputy Mayor Wright then asked Mel Butler of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) to explain the next steps in modernizing the school. Butler began by giving details on the $3.3M already invested at Park View.

The $3.3M  was broken down thusly:

To add some clarity to these categories, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning; Life Safety includes fire doors or any improvements that make the school a healthier and safer place to learn and teach; and general improvements would be everything else. The large general expenditure in 2008 includes the renovated plaza in front of the school which was required to keep the boiler room (underneath the plaza) dry and functional. (more…)

New Signs on Warder Alert Drivers to Stop for Pedestrians

May 19, 2011

In early April I asked the community if they thought a new stop sign was warranted at the intersection of Warder Street and Princeton Place. I know some residents had taken this directly to DDOT citing concerns with the number of children that cross at this intersection to get to the Park View Kids Zone program run out of the recreation center’s field house.

It would seem that DDOT agreed that action was required but stopped short of adding another stop sign. What they did instead was add new signs reminding drivers that they are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. It will be interesting to see if these signs make a noticeable difference in children’s safety, or if further action is required.

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Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled for Saturday — Donations Appreciated

April 19, 2011

Children participating in Easter activities at the White House, April 2, 1923

Angela Strange and her Park View Kids Zone program has scheduled an Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday April 23, 2011. The entire community is invited to participate. They will have Easter crafts and activities all day from Noon to 4 p.m.

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 2 p.m. on the field at the Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Place). For those that can not attend but want to contribute, Mrs. Strange indicated that they are in need of plastic Easter eggs and candy donations. If anyone is interested in donating either of these items please contact Mrs. Angela at 615-496-0834. They can arrange pick up or folks can drop donations off at the Rec Center’s field house from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or Saturday’s from Noon-4 p.m.

While area Easter events are generally associated with the White House (above photo), this hasn’t always been necessarily so. Though the picture quality is low, the image below documents an egg-rolling event near the ponds of the Soldiers’ Home that occurred on April 5, 1926.

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Is Another Stop Sign on Warder Warranted?

April 7, 2011

View southwest over the corner of Princeton Pl. and Warder St.

As anyone who drives up Warder Street can tell you, it has a lot of stop signs and a few street lights. Many of the stop signs were originally installed to address speeding although I suspect the stop light at Otis Place had the dual role of children’s safety. Which brings me to the corner of Princeton & Warder.

Children’s safety has largely not be a big concern at this intersection in the recent past. However, over the last year the Park View Kids Zone has been running a very successful program out of the Rec Center’s field house which has its entrance on Princeton. On Saturdays it’s not unusually to see 40 kids or so enjoying a day of fun around the property. Many of those children cross Warder to get to and from the program.

Location of stop signs on Warder leading up to the Princeton Place intersection

Leading up to Princeton Place, drivers encounter a series of traffic calming measures — notably a Stop light at Kenyon, stop signs at Lamont, Park Road, and Newton, and then another stop light at Otis. Like it or not, many area drivers use Warder as a north bound alternative to Georgia Avenue or North Capital Street. After encountering the series of stops prior to Otis, I’ve witnessed drivers try to make up time by racing to the next stop sign at Rock Creek Church Road (which many treat as a suggested stop rather than a requirement). If the light at Otis is green, that is an extra block drivers use to pick up speed on their journeys north.

Due to the increased presence of children at this intersection and the habits of drivers on Warder Street, I believe the time has come to study the necessity of an additional stop sign at this intersection.

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2011 Park View Kite Festival a Success

March 31, 2011

Last weekend’s kite festival organized by the Park View Kids Zone went off without a hitch. Despite early forecasts of rain, the day was sunny and windy — although a little on the cool side. Forty children participated, although they flew their kites at differing times. The Kids Zone’s Angela Strange was happy to report that the little homemade kites made by the children worked really well and flew as high as the store bought kite’s! Below are some images of the event.



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Despite Growing Neighborhood, Area Children Still Decreasing

March 28, 2011

Map showing the number of children per census tract in relation to the Park View School (in gold)

Last week the numbers from the 2010 census were released and we learned that the Park View area grew by about 9.7% to 4,913. Yet, in looking at the data it also shows that the number of children in the community continue to decrease, with the largest concentrations in Park View and Petworth. The map to the right shows that the two census tracts with the most children are tract 32, which has 933 children, and tract 25.02, which has 1,135 children. Still, in both cases these numbers indicate a decrease of  20% and 17% respectively.

As school modernization, and in the case of Park View whether or not a new Bruce-Monroe school should be built or not, are important to the community, I thought it would be a good idea to see where the concentrations of children are and what the trends have been between 1980 and 2010. Below is a chart that shows the trends for each census tract in the last 40 years.

Despite the universal loss in all area tracts in the last census, Park View and tract 25.02 (north of Spring Road and west of Georgia) continue to have populations with hundreds more children than the other tracts examined. Perhaps the most interesting thing I noticed is that tracts 31 and 35 were the only two tracts that have continued to show a loss in population during each of the last four censuses. All other tracts showed an increase in the 2000 census. Another interesting thing of note was that Tracts 31, 34 and 35 all had losses between 30%-35%, whereas the other tracts had far more modest decreases that were between 17%-20% … with the exception of census tract 29 which showed a staggering 44% loss of children in the community.

What will be interesting to see is if the growth in the area’s populations will eventually show a growth in area youth. This will depend largely upon how the area grows and the quality of education available in our public schools.

Below are the numbers and the gain/loss percentages per tract.

  Tract 25.02 Tract 24 Tract 23.01 Tract 29 Tract 31 Tract 32 Tract 34 Tract 35
1980 973 931 876 1057 703 1321 644 766
1990 1034 (3.3%) 777
(-16%)
602
 (-31%)
941
(-9.5%)
669
(-4.3%)
1118
(-14%)
469
(-25%)
527
(-31%)
2000 1372 (34%) 823 (7.5%) 658 (12%) 1047 (12%) 647
(-3%)
1209 (7.1%) 552 (13%) 490
(-5.9%)
2010 1135
(-17%)
651
(-20%)
536
(-19%)
594
(-44%)
433
(-30%)
933
(-20%)
352
(-35%)
340
(-30%)

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