Chinatown Park Improvements Begin

Hat tip to Brian and Tony who have brought to my attention that Chinatown Park at 5th & Mass has been enclosed entirely with fencing. My first thought was the improvements I reported on in 2009 are finally set to happen.

Plans for Reservation 72 issued by Downtown BID in Sept 2009

That is indeed the case, as confirmed by the Downtown BID’s recent newsletter.

The DowntownDC BID, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is revitalizing US Reservation 72, better known as Chinatown Park. The project includes replacing the interior sidewalk, improving the irrigation system, and installing new sod, trash bins, and benches. In addition, NPS will plant new trees in the park this fall. (Yea, we love trees!) Construction is slated to begin next month and conclude by early June.

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  1. 1

    will says

    Is there any way to prevent the homeless and transexuals/ prostitutes from living there when the temperature goes above 50 degrees?

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    Tom at Mass says

    Unfortunately, the final plan is nothing like the rendering. They are making minimal improvements. No changes to the curb lines – it will still favor racing cars. And nothing is in place to prevent the reappearance of the social trail that bisects the site. All in all, a very poor showing for the Downtown BID and NPS. Download at

    It is a waste of money if this is all they plan to do.

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    E says

    I would have liked to see this park become a dog park similar to the one over in Dupont Circle where New Hampshire, 17th and S. st NW come together. It was already half way set up that way, with benches around the outside and open space in the middle where dogs could play and exercise without leash. The triangle needs a dog park.

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    Beth says

    Concur on the dog park. This area desperately needs a dog park! This spot is perfect, in between so many high-rise apartments, noise would not be an issue.

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    Sarah says

    Would really like to have seen this place become a playspace for all the kids around here. Is there anything being done about the lack of playgrounds?