Monday, March 25, 2013

Carter G. Woodson Park Plan Moving Forward; Public Meeting to Be Held on March 26, 2013

It looks like Carter G. Woodson Park, planned for the triangle park at the corner of 9th and Q Streets, NW, may soon — finally — be becoming a reality.

The project is a tribute to the founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson,  whose historic home is less than a block from the park. The park has been in some stage of planning since at least 2005, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a call for artists seeking a sculptor to create the sculpture of Woodson that will be the park's centerpiece.  There have been no improvements to the park since that time.

Current condition of Carter G. Woodson Park, at 9th and Q Streets, NW
(looking southeast from Rhode Island Avenue, NW) [click to enlarge]
However, ANC 6E vice chair Alex Padro recently announced that the Department of Parks and Recreation will present draft landscaping plans for the park at a meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street, NW).   Padro stated in an email that "landscape architects Lee and Associates have developed the plans for the park," "DPR is seeking input from the community on the proposed plans," and "construction is scheduled to begin this summer". The site concept plan developed in 2008 is shown below; it is not known what changes, if any, have been made to this concept plan.

Carter G. Woodson Park Concept Plan (as of April 2008) [click to enlarge]
Padro also stated that "a bronze sculpture on a stone base will be the centerpiece of the park, which will include new plantings, restored iron fencing, new pavings, and potentially benches."  He added that "the sculpture by sculptor Ray Kaskey has already been cast and awaits completion of the park's construction before installation." An image of the proposed sculpture design from 2009 (from the website of the Convention Center Community Association) is below; it is not known whether this represents the final design.

Proposed Carter G. Woodson Sculpture Design, as of 2009
(via Convention Center Community Association website) [click to enlarge]

1 comment:

  1. Would be nice if they did something with his home so the rest of us could use the sidewalk.