Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Folks object to new 11th and Monroe Park design

As you may recall, the 11th and Monroe Street Park, aka Trolley Turnaround Park, is getting a redesign. The new design is supposed to help the park, long plagued with drunks and loiterers, become more of a family-friendly place to hang out. However, some folks aren't too happy with it. For example, there's this sarcastic post on the Columbia Heights Yahoo group, where the writer calls it "Parks for no people, especially in summertime," and some commenters here have expressed their dislike for it.

Here's the design. What do you think?

dpr_11thAndMonroeFinalConcept

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This depiction of the park may not be the best, but I thought it was pretty clear that the green lines with tree shaped shadows in the middle of the park and along the left edge represented trees. They seem to even be in the same place as the existing trees.

Tom Veil said...

It could use more seating, and the fence just seems like a terrible idea in a neighborhood where a fenced-off lot implies that it's part of a Section 8 housing project. But other than those two tweaks, it's excellent. I would totally hang out there in the summer.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to be able to complete the circle within the park. Otherwise, kids will be doing circles by exiting the fence, and running along the sidewalk.

Anonymous said...

God I hope this goes through ... I agree that place is filled with homeless, drunks, and drug dealers .... it smells of urine and is absolutely a nasty place to be ... we need better and more parks in DC

Anonymous said...

parks should be covered in grass! are those bits of green turf or grass?

Jeff said...

First of all, it is important to note that this design was agreed to after numerous well-publicized community meetings. So if folks are complaining, well, they should have provided input at one of those meetings. It is, of course, a bit of a compromise / product of consensus, but overall, I think that it is a good design (I'd like to see more greenery myself, but I still think this is a massive upgrade as of course no one will get all of their desires met in full).

The problem with the current fence is that it is way too high, but that supposedly will be changed as the elevated concrete barriers will be removed or reduced in size where they can't be taken out entirely. There needs to be SOME sort of fence, however, to keep this park from being a haven for night time criminal activity and also as a safety measure for children playing in the park.

Most of the trees currently in the park are remaining -- the green lines are, indeed, trees. A few have to be taken out to accomodate the new design, but there will still be plenty of trees / shade.

I heard from someone at DPR that there will be even a bit more green and less hardscape than this plan represents, but I guess we will find out for sure tomorrow. That would be my only tweak, less hardscape, more vegetation / bushes / plants / grass, to be a bit more of an oasis. Otherwise, I think the design is very nice, and most people at the community meetings I attended seemed to agree, even if, again, everyone had to make some compromises from their personal ideal plan.

farrarwilliams said...

The design rendering is clearly not the best, but many of the complaints people are voicing are simply untrue (as in, they don't represent the actual design as it was explained at the meetings- where all but one of the trees are staying, for example), ask for unrealistic things (unless you took everything else out, there's just not room for playing soccer, people) or are just rehashing the same discussion about all the issues that plague the park (yes, homeless guys drink and do drugs there and it sucks - we already all know that). Bah.