Monday, March 29, 2010

The greening of Eckington...

I have been so busy lately but as I have been dashing about, I couldn't help but notice the new trees that have been planted along several streets around the neighborhood. Once again, kudos to Life on the Edgewood for reminding me that this was something I should be noting in my blog.

I just hope folks take proper care of these trees and they live as long as their leafy brethren lining Rhode Island Avenue...

You can sign up to be a steward of these trees to ensure their longevity here.

Park it while you can...

As preparations are made for the ground-breaking of the Rhode Island Station project, the parking lot sitting adjacent to the RI Avenue Metro Stop will close beginning on May 1st.

Hat tip to Life on the Edgewood...more info here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Keep the kids busy during their spring break!

Spring is finally here...hard to believe that just over a month ago we were waiting for our 30+ inches to melt. Of course, that means our youth have their break coming up and it's important that parents, guardians, and other persons who interact with our youth direct them into positive activities during their time away from school. Courtesy of Councilmember Thomas' office, I just learned that DPR is sponsoring Spring Break Camps for DC youth during this period. Please read below for more info...Ward 5 DPR locations that will be hosting these camps are in bold.

The following is a press release from Councilmember Harry Thomas' office:

Council of the District of Columbia Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.

For Immediate Release March 23,2010

Contact: Victoria A. Leonard202.727.8204(desk) -- 202.403.7866(cell) vleonard@...

Thomas Announces Department of Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camps for District Youth

Washington, DC - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr., Chair of the Council's Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation, announced today that the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer Spring Break Camps for District youth ages five through 13, from March 29 through April 2, 2010, from 9 am to 5 pm. The DPR Spring Break Camps will occur during the District of Columbia Public Schools' spring break, providing youth with a variety of structured games, activities, sports, arts and crafts, and field trips while school is not in session. There is a $25 camp fee for the entire week. Registration can completed online at or at the facility at which parents would like to enroll their children. Early registration is recommended because space is limited.

For additional information, please call the DPR Camp Office at (202) 671-0372.

Facilities open for DPR Spring Break Camp are:

Ward 1

Banneker Recreation Center 2500 Georgia Avenue NW (202) 673-6861

Ward 2

Kennedy Recreation Center 1401 7th Street NW (202) 671-4794

Ward 3

Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 282-2204
Palisades Recreation Center 5200 Sherrier Place NW (202) 282-2186

Ward 4

Emery Recreation Center 5801 Georgia Avenue NW (202) 576-3211
Takoma Recreation Center 300 Van Buren Street NW (202) 576-7068

Ward 5

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE (202) 576-9238
Harry Thomas, Sr. Recreation Center 1743 Lincoln Road NE (202) 576-5642

Ward 6

Sherwood Recreation Center 640 10th Street NE (202) 698-3075

Ward 7

Fort Davis Recreation Center 1400 41st Street SE (202) 645-9212
Hillcrest Recreation Center 3100 Denver Street SE (202) 645-9200
Ridge Road Recreation Center 800 Ridge Road SE (202) 645-3959

Ward 8

Bald Eagle Recreation Center 100 Joliet Street SW (202) 645-3960

For More Information on Spring Break Camps for DC Youth...http://dpr.dc. gov/dpr/cwp/ view,a,1241, q,638907. asp

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rhode Island Station - ctd.

More background on Rhode Island Station here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rhode Island Station is moving forward...

Well, financing has been approved and a ground-breaking date is set to be announced shortly, just in time for our beautiful spring weather on what will become a key node of development here on Eckington's doorstep.

It appears Rhode Island Station has cleared it's final hurdles after nearly a decade of being on the drawing board. Always a a fan of density around transit hubs...

More info here. Artistic renderings here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Constitution Square project...

I am a few weeks behind on this but we will soon have a Harris Teeter coming to NE along with a bevy of other new shops, including Potbelly's, Tynan's Coffee, and a TDBank branch.

Now if only my new community bank, Bank of Georgetown, would open a branch over this way.

Anyway, Constitution Square looks like it will be a pretty impressive development helping to solidify the ongoing cluster of development occuring around the NY Avenue Metro stop.

For more information on the development see here and here.

The Harris Teeter is projected to open in November 2010. If I am still in the vicinity come November, I will definitely drop in.