Preservation of Meridian Hill Park-Phase V
Meridian Hill Park, located between 16th, Euclid, 15th and W Streets, NW in Washington, DC, was officially completed and opened to the public in 1936. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994 as "an outstanding accomplishment of neo-classical park design in the United States...", the park is significant for its formal historic designed landscape and for the decorative, exposed aggregate concerete. The concrete work in particular was "unprecendented at the time" and the "technological achievement of the park's concrete construction" distinguished the park as a nationally significant historic resource.
Rock Creek Park, which manages Meridian Hill Park, is proposing to execute Phase V of the preservation of the park. Based on the treatment alternative identified during the public outreach and study effort for the Cultural Landscape Report (2001), the proposed work continues the focus on repair and/or replacement in-kind of the exposed aggregate concrete and re-vitalization of the landscape throughout the park. Work will also include the identification and installation of an American Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible route into the lower level of the park to allow for access to one of the most iconic character-defining features of Meridian Hill Park, the Cascades. The repairs and/or replacement in-kind of the concrete will focus on areas of the lower level plaza around the reflecting pool and adjacent to the Buchanan Memorial.
We would like to hear your thoughts on this next phase of work at Meridian Hill Park. The public comment period is open from January 3, 2014 through February 9, 2014.
Mike McMahon, Landscape Architect, Rock Creek Park, 202-254-2467
Simone Monteleone, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Rock Creek Park, 202-829-2163