Give Input on Inprovements to Parkland in Congress Heights

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Project site. Courtesy: NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input as improvements begin on a 1.25-acre park known as Parkland in Congress Heights.

On Oct. 20, NPS will host a virtual public meeting to share design ideas for Parkland, and to hear from residents on how they would like to use the park. At the conclusion of the virtual meeting, residents are encouraged to participate in the public comment period by submitting suggestions to the NPS until Nov. 20, 2022.

Parkland is located between Malcolm X Ave SE and Parkland Place SE, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Parkland currently has a small playground, benches and shaded grass areas. 

As part of a planned rehabilitation, NPS is proposing two concepts for potential improvements to Parkland. Concept A includes a large playground and fitness loop, Concept B includes a smaller playground and a nature play area. Both concepts include a picnic area, group gathering spaces and entry plaza. These proposed improvements to Parkland are part of the larger Shepherd Parkway Development Concept Plan. 

Concept design under consideration. Courtesy: NPS

Public feedback on these designs is needed to help shape the future of Parkland. Public participation is vital to the planning process and there are several ways to get involved. 

Attend the virtual public meeting 

The NPS will host a live, virtual public meeting on Oct. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join the meeting and view the presentation live. To connect to audio, use the meeting website link or dial,

(571)429-6679 (local) or 1(877)286-5733 (toll-free) and use the Conference ID: 720 053 256#.  

A recording of the meeting and the meeting’s presentation will be available for viewing at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkland following the meeting.

Comment

You are invited to review the concepts and provide comments and ideas from Oct. 20 to Nov. 20. To provide comments online or get additional information on the project, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkland.  If you prefer to mail your comments, make sure they are postmarked by Nov. 20 to receive consideration. Know that, while efforts will be made at request to keep identities private, comments may be made public and may be identifiable. 

Mail to: Superintendent | Attn: Parkland Rehabilitation | National Park Service | 1900 Anacostia Drive SE | Washington, DC 20020