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The National Capital Planning Commission has posted its "staff recommendation" on the final designs for Canal Park, and it's safe to say that they are pleased with what they've seen. They commended the city on its "work toward providing this much-needed public amenity that will undoubtedly support and strengthen the continued revitalization of the Near Southeast neighborhood." It also says that "the park will likely become a highly sought after place for visitors, workers, and residents of this burgeoning mixed use neighborhood" and that the city "has worked diligently to prepare an overall design that is simple, while still providing a wide range of activities and amenities." And, "staff appreciates that while the new park design is distinctive and will likely set a new standard for future parks in the District of Columbia, it does so by acknowledging and building upon the unique historical significance of the site and its surrounding neighborhood."
For those who haven't been following along (and the park has only been in the works for seven years or so, so you've probably saved yourself some grief), Canal Park will stretch from I to M streets SE along the two parts of Second Street. The southern block, across from the US Department of Transportation headquarters, will have a large plaza, a "significant water feature" that will transform into an ice skating rink in winter, and a large two-level pavilion that will be home to a cafe and observation area. The middle block has a rain garden, a children's play area, a small performance stage, and an open lawn. The northern block, the "most pastoral of the three," will have a large open lawn, and the slight grade of the block as it slopes upward toward I Street has allowed the designers to envision this as an informal amphitheater, for events like summer movie nights and whatnot. There is also a "linear rain garden" that runs along the eastern edge of the park's three blocks. (Note that K and L streets will still be open to traffic, though there will be well-marked crosswalks.)
The staff recommendation document is 18 pages, but if you have any interest in the plans for the park, you need to read all of it. Lots and lots of updated renderings, detailed explanations of the park's features and amenities (including its sustainable design), first peeks at the sculptures that will be installed, and how the park will work with its surroundings are all included.
Serious Canal Park groupies may also be interested in what the Commission of Fine Arts had to say about the designs when it reviewed them at their April 15 meeting (scroll down to section G). They approved the designs as well, though some CFA commissioners expressed a few concerns about the many plans for activities and "programming." The minutes characterize thoughts from commissioner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk thusly, that the "park embodies the notion that people need a constant stream of entertainment, a concept related to retail marketing and Disney parks that has become part of our modern culture. She said that the proposal could be accepted within this context, but the commitment of the sponsoring organizations to care for it must be clear." (The park is owned by the city, but the Canal Park Development Association has been created to oversee the park, and the Capitol Riverfront BID will be handling much of the upkeep and scheduling.)
I haven't heard any recent updates on a construction schedule, so I'll just lean on my last post on the subject; it's expected that infrastructure work around the park will begin this summer, with construction on the park itself starting in the fall and lasting a year or so. Hopefully by then I can get my Canal Park project page updated with all the new details.
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F says: (6/2/10 1:57 PM)
This is a fabulous and well timed piece of news for the community. It sounds even better than the sulpture garden at the Museum of Natural History.

I only hope that people will respect the new grounds and keep them clean, especially those with dogs. The northern most block ("most pastoral of the three") could easily become an eye sore.


Mark says: (6/2/10 9:16 PM)
Presumably the folks with dogs will take their pets to the new dog park on the riverfront and leave the people park to the people. :)


DG says: (6/3/10 9:47 AM)
Why does everyone assume that people with dogs are irresponsible and/or don't clean up after their pets? Dog owners currently are using the central portion of Canal Park because they have been given permission to do so. It's equally logical to assume that, once the park is no longer dog-friendly, the dog owners will take their dogs to Garfield Park or to the new dog park on the riverfront.


MJM says: (6/3/10 10:06 AM)
DG - "Why does everyone assume that people with dogs are irresponsible and/or don't clean up after their pets?" - well it be the amount of 'un-picked-up' dog $h!t around the 'hood could be one of the reasons why people have that impression. I have a dog and when I'm out on a walk I'm amazed at how many people don't pick up after their dogs. Most of it is around 1st/K St and L St - I don't venture towards I St but I'll bet there is even more on Half St towards I St.

Agree - that northern section of the park does have the potential to be a neglected section


CAPT Hill says: (6/3/10 10:10 AM)
DG - I like dogs - that said, it doesn't matter if you clean up after your pet or not, if the dog urinates - urine is left, if the dog defecates, some portion of the feces remain - clearly these create hazardous conditions for your neighbors, particularly the local children.

Also, FYI, I have had to ask one woman with a large dog not to use the southernmost portion of Canal Park - after watching her look first at the dogs in the central block and then at the "no pets" sign which she walked right past. So, unfortunately not all dog owners are respectful of the boundaries. Thanks, CH


JD says: (6/3/10 10:12 AM)
I'm coming very close to publicly calling out the commenter switching usernames in this thread.... Don't make me pull the trigger on the commenter registration system! It's all built and just waiting for someone to push me over the edge. :-)


MJM says: (6/3/10 1:13 PM)
Really? Guess we should keep an eye out for bird, stray cats, squirrels and other animal feces too!! Don't want the kids being endangered by that hazardous stuff or breathing the air from the coal fired plant just down the street.


AndyCHT says: (6/3/10 1:57 PM)
I think the Capitol power plant was supposed to switch to natural gas last year. Though I don't know if that was completed.

Or maybe there's another coal plant in the neighborhood that I don't know of; I'm guessing someone here knows.


MJM says: (6/3/10 2:58 PM)
If wikipedia is correct - it did come from the internet so it might be:

"In April, 2009, the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he has shifted to natural gas as the fuel source for the Capitol Power Plant. Ayers noted that coal would continue to be used as a backup fuel during abnormally cold weather or equipment outages."


AndyCHT says: (6/3/10 3:09 PM)
MJM, your use of the internets inspired me to check the jdland archives and I came up with this: link That's probably where I read about the power plant originally, as seemingly all my knowledge of the neighborhood comes from jdland.

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