July 24, 1911: The initial steps in an important plan to improve the city and care for the future of the National Capital were taken when Senator Curtis introduced two bills that contemplated valuable additions to the park system of the District. Similar measures were introduced in the House. One of the measures provided for the purchase of the Klingle Ford valley, and the other for the extension and improvement of Lovers’ lane, between Massachusetts avenue and R street. Both measures were strongly recommended by the District commissioners.
Archive for Parks
This plan is from the 1887 Report of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army.It matches up well with this view of Dupont Circle from a period postcard, which I’ve posted before.
A list of the types of trees and shrubs that were in the park in 1887 is after the jump Continue reading
This statue stands at the top of the fountains at Meridian Hill Park and was created in 1922 by the sculptor Paul Dubois. The statue is a gift of the women of France to the women of the United States and is the only equestrian statue with a female subject in the city. It is a replica of a statue that stands on the grounds of Rheims Cathedral in France.
Now: Still a green, tree filled area, the reserve now has a sidewalk. The streetlight has been removed and replaced by modern versions. In 2007, the reserve received new trees with the assistance of Casey Trees, which are all still doing well. If you happen to be at this location, you may want to take note of the house to the right in the earlier photograph. Though you can’t see it in the now photograph above, the porches in the earlier photograph are no longer there.
The fountain focal point of the Columbia Heights Public Realm Project has a lot of the plumbing installed. Lets hope this means that they’ll be able to get the plaza at 14th Street and Park Rd. back in order soon. While I like the idea of a fountain, I already miss the trees they removed after a few short years.
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.
Following up on my April 2nd post, I visited the S and T Street parks yesterday. They seem to be progressing well. The T Street park looks to be nearly done. It has pavers and only appears to be lacking benches. The plantings are small, but all seem to be in.
The T Street park — destined to be the City’s first official dog park — still has a lot of work ahead of it. The infrastructure being installed looks like plumbing, which makes sense to me. Despite the current state of the park, it doesn’t mean that things could wrap up quickly. It all depends on how extensive the renovations yet to complete are.