Rehabilitate Reservation 149
The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets* (HDCMS) proposes to rehabilitate US Reservation 149 (or Dupont Triangle Park), which is managed by NPS. This triangular park is located across from the Dupont North Metro Station on Q Street NW between 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue. The purpose of the project is to repair and replace existing features in kind, in order to enhance both aesthetics and visitor use.
HDCMS and its contractors have coordinated with NPS staff regarding preservation of the character-defining features of the park and consistency with its 1929 landscape plan. NPS has initiated consultation with the District State Historic Preservation Officer regarding potential effects on cultural resources. Reservation 149 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing feature to the L'Enfant Plan of the City of Washington, D.C., as one of three developed parklets along Connecticut Avenue that contain plantings, seating, and lighting. The area of potential effect includes the immediate area of Reservation 149, as bounded by Connecticut Avenue NW and Q and 20th Streets NW.
The project includes: repairs to damaged flagstone, curbs, and concrete flat work; replacement of existing, tulip-style trash receptacles with Victor Stanley models; turf restoration of the compacted soil areas; restoration of the existing benches; replacement of a cherry tree and installation of a Chinese fringe tree; and consultation with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in order to move the existing bus stop to a nearby location, in order to remedy the existing social paths (compacted soil areas) caused by pedestrian traffic to and from the Dupont Metro Station. Note that originally, NPS proposed to install a new fence for this purpose, but following public comment and review by the National Capital Planning Commission, the park has determined that relocation of the bus stop may remedy the social trails. If it does not, the park may reconsider the fencing at a later time.
The work is expected to take place during 2011/2012.
The NPS accepted written comments regarding planning efforts and potential impacts to historic resources for the proposed project through 11:59 p.m. on September 12, 2011. Please see the document entitled "Categorical Exclusion and Response to Public Comment" under "Document List."
*Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) was granted funds for a community project by Rhode Island Assoc. Ltd. Partnership, the developer of 1000 Connecticut Ave. Former DCCA President, Rob Halligan secured the funds for DCCA and allocated them to HDCMS.
Kristen Murphy, Environmental Protection Specialist, National Mall & Memorial Parks
**Note, the project description has been updated as of November 4.