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Park View Walking Tour Scheduled for September 27th

September 9, 2015
Leading the 2009 Park View WalkingTown tour.

Leading the 2009 Park View Walking Town tour.

It’s that time again, time to reserve your space for Cultural Tourism DC’s Walking Town neighborhood walking tours. This year, I’ll be leading the Park View tour, schedule for September 27th at 10 a.m. (register here).  As in years past, the tour will start at the Georgia Avenue Metro station and end at the school and playground.

If you like walking tours, but have already participated in the Park View tour, consider reserving space on any of the many other tours that have been pulled together. A full list of tours is on the Cultural Tourism DC Web site.

 

WalkingTown DC Neighborhood Tours Coming, Including Tours of Park View

September 15, 2011

It’s that time of the year again … when both Washingtonians and visitors to the City get to go on walking tours and explore the many, many neighborhoods that exist in D.C.

According to the Cultural Tourism DC Website, WalkingTown DC has been “hailed as a ‘DC institution’ by The Washington Post.” The 2011 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC expands to ten days anchored by two consecutive weekends on September 23 – October 2. The program has more than 175 tours to introduce you to various D.C. neighborhoods.

For those interested in the Park View tour, this year you will have three dates to choose from: Saturday September 24, Sunday September 25, and Sunday October 2.  Of course, there are many great tours to choose from in all eight Wards. To discover the wide range of interesting tours available and the neighborhoods represented by Ward, go to the WalkingTown DC Tours by Ward page here.

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Planning for Park View Walking Tour — What Would You Like to See?

June 22, 2011

Cultural Tourism DC is already hard at work putting together this fall’s walking tours and I’m considering leading a tour of the Park View neighborhood again. Last year I ended up leading two tours — one for Cultural Tourism and one for the Annual Conference on Washington, DC Historical Studies — and both were well received. The focus of the tours were sites of interest, but there is much more to the neighborhood than that.

To help me decide what the focus on this years tour should be, I thought I’d ask the greater community what they would like to learn about or see on a tour. The areas that the tour can focus on include:

  • Sites of interest;
  • People of interest;
  • Architecture and builders; or,
  • a combination of all of the above.

This year, rather than host tours in the spring and fall, Cultural Tourism decided to organize the event in the fall only and expand the event to ten days anchored by two consecutive weekends on September 23 – October 2. The majority of tours will take place on the two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, September 24 – 25 and Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 2 with weekday tours offered during lunchtime and after work.

Last year's walking tour was attended by approximately 27 visitors

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Final Public Review of Georgia Ave. Heritage Trail — Looks Good

January 20, 2011

There was a good turn out for the final review of the GA/PP Trail before installation

Last night, the public were invited to participate in the final review of the signs for the coming Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains heritage trail. The review was held at the Emergence Community Arts Collective located at 733 Euclid St. NW.

The finished trail will begin at the Shaw/Howard Metro and end at the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro. Last night’s community review was the first opportunity for the public to see the signs with images, text, and graphics all combined as they will appear when installed. It was also another opportunity to catch any final typos or errors in the text and ensure that the trail is a polished and perfect as possible.

One thing that I found particularly heartening was that the GA/PP trail wouldn’t prevent a future Park View trail. However, finding money to fund the trail would be a major obstacle.

Mock ups for signs 16, 17, and 18, which will be located on the Park View section of the trail

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Mark Your Calendars: Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail Review Session on January 19th

January 7, 2011

Sylvia Robinson and Darren Jones, among others, reviewing and discussing images at the photo review, May 2010

For those that have been wondering where things are with the Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail, development is in the home stretch. The poster proof review session (a.k.a. the pin-up session) for the trail is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19th, at 6:30 p.m. The review will be held at the Emergence Community Arts Collective located at 733 Euclid St. NW.

The poster proof review will be the last opportunity to review and comment on the Heritage Trail. This is the long-anticipated chance to see the trail as designed, with text, photos, icon, and colors all together. All members of the community are invited to attend and look over the sign designs. Members of Cultural Tourism D.C. will be there to hear what you think.

The next part of the process is sign fabrication and installation! It is anticipated that the signs will be installed in May, 2011.

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Don’t Forget Neighborhood Walking Tours This Weekend!

September 24, 2010

Earlier this month, I alerted folks that the semiannual Cultural Tourism DC WalkingTown tours had been scheduled. This program is a great way to get to know the city, particularly areas and neighborhoods that are a little less traveled.

This fall’s schedule includes a tour I’ll be leading around Park View. The tour lasts about two hours and covers points of interest between Rock Creek Church Road and Irving Street. If you are interested in this tour it will begin and end at the east entrance of the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station.

For a description of other tours, including dates, times, and descriptions, you can get the full list by going to the Cultural Tourism DC Web site.

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Free Area Walking Tours Scheduled for September 25-26, 2010

September 6, 2010

Lincoln Cottage (aka Anderson Cottage)

The semi-annual WalkingTown DC/BikingTown DC tours are currently being scheduled for the weekend of September 25-26 this fall. The tours are free but some may require reservations. The Web site and all the listings are not completely finished yet, but there is enough there to start making plans.

Tours that will be of particular interest to Park View residents include the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, the Rock Creek Church Cemetery grounds, and a neighborhood tour of Park View.

The tour of the Soldiers’ Home Grounds is currently listed and requires a reservation. There is only one tour, which is scheduled for Saturday morning between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The link is up and registration for this tour is currently live and open.

There are several opportunities to tour of the grounds of the Rock Creek Parish Cemetery. If this is a tour you are interested in you’ll want to scan through the days and times to see which one best suits your schedule.

The walking tour of Park View is not yet listed, but will be found in the listings for Sunday morning when that page is posted. The Park View tour was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. the last time I saw the schedule. I should also disclose that I’ll be leading that tour.

Of course, Cultural Tourism DC will be offering tours throughout the city, so if these local suggestions don’t peak your interest, look at the other listings for something that does. It’s a great way to learn more about Washington, and its hard to argue with free.

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