Update on changes coming to 13th & Quincy

by Yuliya Panfil

Last week we wrote about the meditation park planned for a triangular lot bordered by 13th Street NW, Kansas Street NW and Quincy Street NW. Since that time, a few new developments have materialized. Thanks to Commissioner Bennett Hilley for these useful updates:

Update 8/29: Peter Nohrden, the lead on the triangle project at DPR, who will hopefully be joined by the project's landscape architect as well as contractor hired to build it out, has offered to walk community members through the planned improvements on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm at the triangle park.

Please join us to learn more, ask any questions, and express any remaining concerns to DPR & DGS about the designs/materials.

  • The original park design included permeable paver stones, an important feature given DC’s propensity for standing water and flooding issues. Mid-way through the planning process, DPR had replaced the permeable paver stones with concrete walkways, however thanks to community pressure they have reverted back to the original, permeable paver plan.
  • DPR will install a modified drinking water fountain, which will include drinking water at normal drinking height, ADA height, and at pet-level heights.  
  • DPR will remove one of the trees that would blocked the open space portion of the park, so that residents can continue to access the green space for throwing balls or frisbees, or engaging in other activities.
  • DPR will look into coatings that make it more difficult to tag benches and other surfaces with graffiti.
  • DPR has conducted a light study to ensure existing street lights will continue to provide light for the park; however, residents can encourage DPR to identify funds for additional lights within the park itself, if this is something the community is interested in.