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Via ANC 6D07 commissioner Meredith Fascett, there is going to be a public meeting on Tuesday, May 10 about the plans for Joy Evans Park, the public space a lot of people may not even know about just to the east of Van Ness Elementary School between L and M Streets, SE.
The park's stewardship is a typical DC mishmash, with the land owned by the National Park Service and management handled by DC's Department of Parks and Recreation, but with a memorandum of understanding now in place to allow DC Public Schools to use a portion of the land for "recreation and educational space" for Van Ness.
An initial notion of how the park space could be laid out is above, but there are many questions and notions still to be determined, as laid out in Meredith's Facebook post. Apparently DCPS has money this year to build a playground, an outdoor classroom and garden, and an "open turf area" for free play. But DPR does not have any funding for Joy Evans, and so the future remains unclear in terms of the renovation of the historic Lincoln Playground Building, the possible demolition of the Lincoln Capper pool and the adjacent "therapeutic recreation building" (what, you didn't know there is a therapeutic recreation building there?), and perhaps future playing fields and splash pads.
The May 10 meeting is at Van Ness at 6:30 pm. You can also contact Meredith with comments, concerns, questions, remarks, observations, opinions, notes, or feedback.
The photo at right was taken in 2007 from the roof of the old Capper Seniors building in its final days. You can see the general footprint of the Joy Evans Park along the lower part of the photo, with the Lincoln Capper pool and therapeutic recreation building cut off and the Lincoln Playground Building visible at lower right, with the grassy areas at left where the DCPS Phase 1 plans are to be built.
(Maybe I can get up on the roof of the Bixby at some point to take a current version, especially given the changes at Van Ness, including the new playground on the footprint of the parking lot that I can't believe I don't have even the most cursory photo of. I think I'm a-skeered of pointing my camera through a fence at an active playground and being promptly hauled off.)
Also, note that at the top of the site plan is "6th Street SE" -- this is the planned new block of 6th between L and M, running between this park area and the Bixby.
And, speaking of changes at Van Ness, I have been remiss in not mentioning the very visible construction along M Street of the new second floor above the gymnasium. But I took a picture!
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conngs0 says: (5/2/16 10:38 AM)
Thanks for the update, JD! I of course had no idea that this space could potentially be turned into a field/park. It seems that an open field for soccer, football, etc. would be very beneficial. Although the neighborhood has a decent amount of "green space" at Yards Park and Canal Park, those aren't quite conducive to playing sports (e.g., one might be a able to throw the football with a friend at either place for a little while, but they'll inevitably have to stop as the park gets crowded on a nice day). Likewise, kids in Capitol Quarter and surrounding apartment buildings like the Bixby (eventually) might not be allowed to avail themselves of the fields at Randall Recreation Center or Garfield Park (I assume parents don't want them traveling alone too far), while an open space here might be a safer distance from home.


202_cyclist says: (5/2/16 11:19 AM)
I hope that historic house is put to good use. I think a neighborhood-serving cafe like Lot 380 would be great there, being close to the Bixby, the new community center, and the Marine barracks.

Also, the new community center looks really nice. Any update on when it will open?


JD says: (5/2/16 11:21 AM)
Re, community center, there are still some DC government i's to dot and t's to cross in terms of agreements being hammered out for the center's operations, etc. Hopefully not too much longer.



NJAve says: (5/2/16 2:11 PM)
@202_cyclist: The historic house is planned to be bathrooms and storage.


NJAve says: (5/2/16 2:13 PM)
Hopefully the community center will be open by the June primary elections as that is our new polling location.


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JD says: (5/2/16 5:48 PM)
An overnight sensation, after 13 years! :)


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202_cyclist says: (5/3/16 10:13 AM)
Folks-- it is with a heavy heart that I note that as I am writing this, we are losing a dear friend. The atenna tower for the Display Ship Barry is being removed at this very moment.


CJBabyDaddy says: (5/3/16 10:45 AM)
Surely, Navy Secretary Mabus and Mayor Bowser are going to have JD christen the Barry as it leaves on its ~sniffle~ final voyage.

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