Plans for Chinatown Park

The following is from a Downtown BID document created on 9/10/2009.

Rendering from Downtown BID; Click to enlarge

Reservation 72 (Chinatown Park)

  • Owned by National Park Service
  • Bounded by 5th, 6th, Eye and Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
  • Refurbishment plans begun by Yeni Wong and Chinatown 6-8 years ago.
  • Downtown BID asked to intercede.
  • Accomplishments:
    • Completed design plan
    • Developed project budget ($139,000)
    • Identified $96,000 in funding
    • Gained approvals of:
      • National Capital Planning Commission
      • U.S. Commission on Fine Arts
    • Coordinated with District Department of Transportation to complete streetscape surrounding the park (2 of 3 sides already are in Downtown BID area streetscape plan)
  • Remaining tasks:
    • Raise remaining $43,000
    • Secure approval of National Park Service for sidewalk paving materials
    • Continue to urge DDOT to complete all 3 sides
  • City’s Chinatown Cultural Development Strategy calls for even greater improvements. The current project should be regarded as Phase One.
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    IMGoph says

    it's good to see the curb line is going to be bumped out on the southwest corner of 6th and mass. now, if they could just do more of the same on the other nearby corners where drivers have been given precedence over pedestrians.

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    muckraker says

    This is a great, great idea. The surfeit of green space and trees in our neighborhood is depressing to me. Cities do not have to be all concrete and neon; just take a look at the Farragut North or West areas. It will be nice to have more of that over here as well.

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    Anonymous says

    It is a great, great idea; I hope it happens. I also hope they eventually enlarge the small adjacent Reservation 73 pedestrain island to incorporate the area now striped as off-limits. Do you know where we can find a copy of the Downtown BID area streetscape plan? Does anyone know if it received ARRA fudning or when reconstruction might begin?