Public meeting regarding issues at park at 2nd & Mass

Consternation over the safety/security/sanitation issues at the park at 2nd & Mass are ramping up exponentially since we first posted a note from a frustrated reader on July 25th. The downward spiral for the park was even recently highlighted in a WJLA TV news segment.

Residents of the Sonata condominium are rising to action with their concerns. They’ve scheduled a public meeting on Monday August 19th. The gathering will begin with a walk through of the park at 7pm followed by a meeting on the rooftop of 301 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Date: Monday, August 19th
Time: 7:00pm (walkthrough); 7:15pm meeting on roof at 301 Mass. We’ll meet outside the building at 7pm
Location: 301 Massachusetts Ave NW
Access: When you arrive, front desk personnel will assist with roof access.
Inclement Weather Location: TBD

Draft agenda for meeting is below:

I.   Root cause of the recent change
·         Homeless issue, crime issue, or both?
·         If caused by changes at CCNV or closure of Central Union Mission – what is the city’s plan?

II.  What has been done so far, and what more can the city do to help?
·         MPD / DPR / CM Wells/ MVTCID / Mayor’s office/ DMH
·         Results?

III.  What can residents and the community do to help?
·         “Friends of the Park” Organization
·         Landscaping/fencing/creation of a dog park or playground to give the public space a “purpose”
·         CCTV to observe illegal activity

IV.  Miscellaneous – open issues

V.  Recap/ Next Step

The meeting invitation was sent directly to the Mayor’s Office, DC Council, MPD, ANCs, local residents, MVTCID, and city agencies such as DPR, DMH, DHS, and APRA.

As an aside – is this park really named Cobbs park? Or is this just another case of a Google Maps label convincing everyone that’s the name? Which seems innocuous enough… but in the past I’ve seen Google Maps label parking lots as parks and even label the MarcParc parking lot at 6th & K as a hospital…

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    I noticed that the City Paper has an article in this week’s print edition which calls it “Cobb Park.” It’s time to do some serious research and get to the bottom of this. I’d put money on it being a Google error that has gone into common use because no one knows any better.

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    Local says

    The homeless leave a tremendous amount of trash in our neighborhood. The homeless shelters should be making payments to the Business Improvement District to cover the clean up costs. It’s not fair that home owners and businesses get stuck paying for this.

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    FourthandEye says

    @Question – I didn’t pay very close attention to those who replied to the email invite. But I think Charles Allen from Tommy Wells office, a rep each from DPR, DHS and DGS all confirmed attendance publicly.

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    FourthandEye says

    @IMGoph – I welcome seeing the park have a name like Cobbs Park than “DPR Park 1089″. I just doubt the source in this case. Seems like a Google label going viral.

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    Mvter says

    Can anyone who was at this meeting provide sme information for those of us who couldn’t attend?