We are hosting another history walking tour through the Bloomingdale neighborhood and around the perimeter of McMillan Park, led by our neighbor and friend, Paul Cerruti, who has compiled a tremendous amount of detail about the park and its role through the years since it first opened to the public. The event will cover a lot of the information presented in a history walk that we hosted last month in October, which was very well attended and enjoyed!
The tour will showcase McMillan Park, its vistas, unique history, and connection to historic landmarks in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. The first part of the walk will include information and bonus highlights about Bloomingdale.
The tour will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will start at Big Bear Café (located at the corner of 1st and R Streets NW) on Saturday, December 2nd at 9am (rain date Sunday, December 3rd at 9am). At the conclusion of the tour,we will serve light refreshments and offer a selection of our favorite mounted art photos of McMillan Park for sale.
Please register for the Park History Tourby sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Kirby at 202-213-2690. We are accepting up to 30 people for this tour to ensure that all who join can hear and fully participate, so we will accept the first 30 registrations.
Kindly note, wesuggest and greatly appreciate a donation of $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the event) to benefit Friends of McMillan Park’s efforts to save this registered national historic landmark. Even if you are unable to join the tour, please consider making a donation online to help support our efforts. You may provide payment via our PayPal or Crowdrise links available on the web page, www.friendsofmcmillan.org/merchandise, or in person via cash or credit card on the day of the event.
Thank you for your continued interest and support!
*****Other Recent News*****
The Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation and Zoning Commission hearings on the remand of the D.C. Court of Appeals McMillan Park decision have concluded, and no orders formally announcing the position of those two bodies have been issued. When the agency orders are released, we will decide what action to take based on the content of the orders. We expect that the case will almost certainly be headed back to court. We still need your financial support because our legal work is ongoing, and our legal bills continue to accumulate accordingly.
DC Water will be present on the site near the corner of 1st & Channing Streets NW for a couple of weeks, conducting the first inspection of the 1st Street stormwater tunnel by lowering equipment down the access shaft located just inside the McMillan Park site.
DMPED, DGS, and Gilbane Construction Company announced at a recent ANC meeting that they plan to commence rehabilitation and stabilization work on the silos and regulator houses located in McMillan Park’s two service courts “soon. Some Gilbane equipment is already onsite in the south service court, apparently indicating that this rehabilitation and stabilization work will soon begin.