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Boston in DC: Bunker Hill

Posted in Brookland, Commuity News & Events with tags , , on June 12, 2009 by Kent

Wayan Vota provides the following image and writes: Fort Bunker Hill was one of the Civil War forts protecting the exposed National Capitol. Its sixteen guns secured passage between Fort Totten and Fort Washington.

Now our Bunker Hill looks a little different than the one in Boston. Boston in DC: Bunker Hill
Wayan is absolutely correct to make the connection between Boston and DC. According to the National Park Service, Fort Bunker Hill was built in the fall of 1861 by the 11th Massachusetts Infantry and was named after the Revolutionary fortification at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts.

Farragut Square Gets Marigolds

Posted in Downtown, Farragut Square with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

NPS planting marigoldsDespite all the rain of the past few days, the National Park Service has still been able to plant marigolds around the monument to David Farragut.

They were able to plant the northern bed on Tuesday, and the southern bed yesterday. In the spring, the beds are full of tulips.

I can’t say I’m fond of marigolds, but they’ll be nice enough. That said, I can’t help but wonder what the beds would look like if they were bordered in perrenial sedum with room for annuals in the middle.NPS at Farragut Square

National Park Service Announces Trail Reconstruction on Rock Creek Parkway Near Kennedy Center

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Parks with tags , on May 20, 2009 by Kent

According to a NPS announcement: The National Park Service (NPS) has begun a trail improvement project on Rock Creek Parkway between the Kennedy Center and Virginia Ave N.W. The multi-use trail will be closed for approximately 4 weeks for reconstruction which began on Monday, May 18, 2009.

The work to be done includes removing the existing asphalt on the multipurpose trail and replacing it with new asphalt, constructing a new promenade with bench seating, installing new lighting and a bike rack, installing new trash receptacles and new trees will be planted. The project also includes resurfacing the bridge deck and replacing the handrails on the Thompson’s Boat Center Bridge. The planned final completion date for all work is July 1, 2009.

Detour signs directing Trail users will be in place prior to work beginning. No impacts to motor vehicle traffic are anticipated.

Inclement weather may require adjustments to the schedule. The NPS will continue to inform the public and the media of any adjustments in the work schedule. Every effort is being made to minimize traffic delays and accomplish the work in a timely manner.