Category Archives: Parks

DOG PARK: Volunteers Needed for Wood Chip Delivery Friday Morning (6/6/14)

Volunteers are needed to help improve Dupont Circle’s dog park located at 17th St NW and New Hampshire Friday morning (6/6/14) at 7 a.m. The Department of General Services (DGS) has scheduled a truck of wood chips for to be dropped off at the park at 7a.m. DGS will provide the wood chips and two wheelbarrows, and volunteers are requested to help.
 We need to bring shovels and rakes to spread the wood chips over the dirt portions of the park. Any assistance, regardless of how much time you are able to dedicate, is welcomed and needed! Even if you can only help for 15 or 20 minutes before work, it would be greatly appreciated.
Bottles of cold water will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact ANC2B06 Commissioner Mike Silverstein at mike.silverstein@dupontcircleanc.net.
See you on Friday morning!

NEWS: Proposed Resolution Affirming Support for Conn Ave Underpass Project

This resolution will be proposed at the ANC’s May 19th special meeting:

Resolution affirming support of covering Dupont underpass

WHEREAS, in June 2010, the Commission passed a resolution asking the District (including the Office of Planning and the Department of Transportation) to study the feasibility of covering the Connecticut Avenue underpass north of Dupont Circle with park space;

WHEREAS, for many years, residents and other stakeholders in Dupont Circle have advocated for such a project, which would have an extremely positive impact on the community and take advantage of an underutilized piece of public space;

WHEREAS, over the past two years, an ad hoc group of Commissioners, business community representatives, and representatives from the Office of Planning, the Department of Transportation, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement have held a series of productive meetings to develop the project more concretely;

WHEREAS, the working group has developed an initial rendering of the park space (designed by a local volunteer architect) and an initial budget estimate for the work (developed by a local construction contracting company);

WHEREAS, the proposed project would cover the 1500 block of Connecticut Ave NW (between the Circle and Q Street NW) and a portion of the 1600 block of Connecticut Ave NW (just north of Q Street NW);

WHEREAS, Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans has endorsed the project at budget town hall meetings and other public fora and has requested that it be added to the capital improvement budget for FY 2015;

Therefore, be it resolved that ANC 2B continues its support for the Dupont Circle Underpass Project;

Be it further resolved that ANC 2B recommends that the City Council fully fund the project by allocating sufficient funds in Fiscal Year 2015 to allow for the project to move forward;

Be it further resolved that Commissioners Mike Feldstein (Mike.feldstein@dupontcircleanc.net) and Will Stephens (will.stephens@dupontcircleanc.net) be the Commission’s designated representatives in this matter, and that the matter be delegated to the Commission’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee for further follow-up and development.

NEWS: Transportation Committee Sets Goals for 2014

(This post is co-located at my ANC2B09 blog)

On April 23rd, the Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee met for the first time. Created in March by ANC2B, the committee helps to coordinate many of the ongoing transportation, traffic, and infrastructure projects in our neighborhood and helps make real improvements to our community.

The committee membership is fantastic and includes five commissioners and five residents, all passionate about transportation and our neighborhood infrastructure.

At our first meeting, we set short- and long-term goals for the year that we believe are achievable and will have a significant positive impact in our neighborhood.

TPI Goals

Click to read our 2014 committee goals

Detailed minutes, which include timeframes for the above goals, can be downloaded here: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes 4-23-14

The committee is also a forum and a resource for anyone in the neighborhood. We encourage you to bring issues to our monthly meetings or to contact us directly. You can contact the committee by emailing TPI@dupontcircleanc.net or contact me, the committee chair, at noah.smith@dupontcircleanc.net.

 

NEWS: ANC Publishes Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012

At its January 2013 meeting, the ANC approved the FY 2012 Annual Report submitted by Chairman Will Stephens.  The annual report provides a snapshot of the activities of the ANC from October 2011 through September 2012 — including votes taken, issues discussed, achievements, personnel, staff, and finances.

Particularly interesting are the statistics showing how the ANC voted on regulatory applications (alcohol, public space, zoning, historic preservation) over the course of the year.

DC law requires ANCs to submit annual reports to the Council each year.  At minimum, these required reports must include a breakdown of the ANCs finances and key activities and votes.  The Dupont Circle ANC has in recent years generated annual reports that are meant to serve a broader audience — including new and old residents, businesses, other ANCs, and other community stakeholders.  It is intended to be attractive and easy to read, in addition to being informative.

You can find the FY 2012 Annual Report on our Annual Reports page, along with reports going back to 1976, the first year of the ANCs.

In addition, a PDF of the new FY 2012 Annual Report is available here: FY2012-AnnualReport-FINAL(1-9-2013).

NEWS: Public Meeting on Proposed Stead Park Improvements 10/3/12

On Wednedsay, October 3rd from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, the Friends of Stead Park (FOSP) will be hosting a meeting at the Jewish Community Center to present initial proposed plans for improvements of Stead Park, especially the playing field area.  Stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

NEWS: Dog Park Grand “Re-opening” 8/23/2012

Please join the ANC and community members for the grand “re-opening” of the S Street dog park.  Mayor Gray and Councilman Jack Evans will be in attendance, as well as Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesus Aguirre.

DPR has just finished an approximately month-long renovation of the park, including cleaning, repairs to the turf, tree replanting, foundational work, and adding soil and woodchips.

UPDATED 8/24/2012:  Please see our Flickr account for some terrific photos of the event!