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
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…