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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.)

Looking Glass Lounge Robbed Late Monday Afternoon

June 6, 2017

(Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue)

From the MPD Listserv, posted Monday evening on June 5th:

Today [Monday, 6/5] around 4:40PM two suspects entered the Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue, NW.  One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money.  There were no injuries reported.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 5’7″, 160 lbs, brown eyes. black hair, medium build, medium skin tone, wearing, black sweatpants, white shoes with purple and black accents, lime green hoodie with pink Nike swoosh.

The second suspect was describes as a black male, 5’7”, early 20’s, black hoodie, blue jeans, black baseball hat, and a black mask.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 202 727-9099.

Park View Field House Honored in Annual Preservation Awards

June 2, 2017

Recipients of the 2017 HPRB Chair Award. Photo by D.C. Preservation League/Jason Hornick Photography

At this year’s District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, the renovation of the Park View Playground Field House won the Historic Preservation Review Board Chair Award — once of eleven awards recognized this year. The award was presented to ANC1A Chair Kent Boese, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and KADCON Corporation. The District of Columbia Office of Planning and Historic Preservation Office, in partnership with the DC Preservation League and the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the 14th annual District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in the historic DAR Constitution Hall.

Since 2003, the District government has honored over 225 outstanding projects, programs and individuals for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation in Washington, DC. This year’s awards recognize 47 individuals, businesses, government agencies and local organizations.

Below is the short video that accompanied the award presentation ceremony.

 

Park View Fire Call Box Harps Get Spruced Up

May 15, 2017

(Top of fire call box harp at Warder and Otis)

Recently, the three remaining fire call box harps in the neighborhood were spruced up. Each of them was painted black with gold accents. I especially like how the neighborhood name was added to the top of each.

While there are only three of these in the neighborhood presently, there were at least twelve fire call stations in Park View at one time. Over the past decade, I know of two harps that were taken out by cars, and the call box harp at Princeton and Georgia was nearly lost in 2011 when DDOT removed it during street construction. I successfully advocated for the harp’s return specifically with the idea that it could be part of an art project along with the other harps.

The recent improvements to the call boxes really enhance the streetscape where they are located. Perhaps, eventually, we’ll be able to incorporate some small art or images where the call boxes were once located as well.

(The call box harp at Warder and Otis is one of three in the neighborhood that have recently been repainted.)

Reliable Tavern Opens Tonight in Park View

May 5, 2017

Making new friends at Reliable Tavern.

After much anticipation, Reliable Tavern officially opens tonight. Reliable Tavern is the result of a collaboration between longtime barmen Joe Englert and Kyle Remissong as well as Langdon Hample, a local commercial real estate broker/investor — and is located just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro station at 3655 Georgia Avenue, NW. Longtime residents may recall that this is not Englert’s first enterprise in Park View,  having been involved in the old Temperance Hall (today’s Looking Glass Lounge).

Last night, I had the pleasure of checking out their months of hard work, which turned the former Capitol Locksmith into another great addition to Park View’s growing tavern community. The space features 15-foot ceilings on the first level and a well appointed basement level that includes two pools tables and a unique bar backdrop that showcases vintage 1920’s central boiler and steam pipes.

In exploring the spaces last night, I found the entire tavern to be attractive and inviting. Personally, I really like the addition to pool to the community. I also appreciated the incorporation of the old hardware cabinets into the first floor’s bar area.

As for food, it will be provided during operating hours from Chris Svetlik’s Republic Kolache. According to Reliable Tavern’s press release, “The ‘National Pastry of Texas’ will be served alongside a selection of Tex-Mex inspired bar snacks. In future months, Republic Kolache will expand its offerings to include a brunch on the weekends.”

Below are a few photos from last night:

(Above: Photos of Reliable Tavern’s main floor.)

(Below: Photos of the basement level’s bar back and one of the pool tables.)

First Friday Launches in Park View on May 5th

May 4, 2017
The lower Georgia Avenue businesses are launching First Friday tomorrow, on May 5th, from 6-8 pm. This will be a monthly recurring activity with a growing number of businesses offering specials, highlighting DC artists and musicians. Check out the First Friday Facebook page for more details and a list of participating businesses.

First Friday is organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, which is partnering with the Petworth Arts Collaborative on this with a vision for a vibrant First Friday from Upshur to Euclid in the hopefully not too distant future.

Earth Day Park View Beautification Event Scheduled This Saturday

April 18, 2017

The Park View Welcome sign at Irving and Georgia shortly after it was installed in 2012.

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) and Georgia Avenue Thrive are co-sponsoring an Earth Day cleanup in the neighborhood on Saturday April 22nd.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Park View Recreation Center on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. and fan out across the neighborhood to plant flowers and clean up neighborhood streets. Pizza will be served at noon at the rec center.

This is a great way to work with neighbors in this annual event and meet new people as we beautify Park View. For more details, contact Chris Waldmann at parkviewunc(at)gmail(dot)com.


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