Park at 11th & Md. To Be Reconstructed
By Shannon Micah Salb
1300 block of G Street NE
As many of you know, the National Park Service (NPS) announced last fall that it would be reconstructing the park at Maryland Avenue and 11th Street NE. The planning was finished at the time of the announcement. (This was a source of disappointment for many people, who felt that it would have been proper for the park to collaborate more with the community members who would actually be using the park.) The NPS stated that it was too late to begin construction before the onset of winter, but that work would begin as soon as possible in the spring.
Since I didn't see any activity, I contacted the NPS. Frank Young advised me that there were funding related delays, but that the equipment will be ordered on May 1 and that site preparation beginning early- to mid-June.
The actual construction time is to be 60 to 90 days, closing the project in late August or early September.
Obviously, this timetable is very disappointing. The work could have been done April to June, making the park available during the summer and fall. However, it is still very exciting and it is great that the NPS will be doing the project. §