Friday, May 24, 2013
Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.) was instrumental in building support and securing funding for a Georgetown Waterfront Park.
Family of the late Senator Charles Percy (R-Ill.) and supporters of the Georgetown Waterfront Park gathered Thursday afternoon to dedicate a portion of the new waterfront park as “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza”. "My dad would be oddly humbled," said his daughter, Sharon Percy Rockefeller. As she introduced her grandchildren, who had just been doing cartwheels on a grassy area of the plaza, she added, "He would be incredibly happy and proud." The senator was a strong supporter of the creation of a waterfront park in Georgetown. The plaza, now in his name, is at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street, NW where the large sprinkler-style fountain is located. "The Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park know without the impetus and …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A ceremony to dedicate the “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza” at the gateway to the park will be Thursday at 4 p.m.
Georgetown residents and supporters of the creation of the Georgetown Waterfront Park will gather Thursday to dedicate the entrance to the park as the “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza”. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. “The Georgetown Waterfront Park would not be here today without the commitment and support of Senator Percy and his family,” Bob vom Eigen, president of Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, said in a press release. The late senator was a strong supporter of the creation of a waterfront park in Georgetown. The plaza in his name is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street, NW. The Georgetown Waterfront Park was completed in September 2011, through funding from the National Park …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Fall is here and Georgetowners are heading outside to enjoy the cooler temperatures.
Thursday's high was 61 degrees and many Georgetowners took advantage of the weather by doing yard work and going for walks, runs and bike rides. Alvaro Chaves, who lives near Rose Park, raked fallen fruit from a ginkgo tree off the sidewalk in front of his house. "I have to clean it two or three times a day to get rid of this mess," said Chaves. "Other than that, the tree is beautiful. It turns gold in the fall." Chaves says he goes through two or three rakes a year. Doug Kingsbury from Adams Morgan set up his painting easel in front of the C&O Canal to work on a painting that he began last week. Kingsbury wanted to take advantage of Thursday's lighting conditions, which were ideal for painting. "It's a sunny clear day," said Kingsbury. …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. highlights more than 75 sites in the District and Arlington, Va.
Eight Georgetown sites are featured prominently in the recently released Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. The new guide profiles 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in D.C. and Arlington, Va. "D.C.’s vibrant public realm didn’t just magically appear but was carefully designed over the years, and is continually evolving, through interactions among elected leaders, communities and landscape architects,” said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), in a press release. Somerville and ASLA hope the guide will inspire the estimated 19 million tourists who visit the region annually. The information is organized into 16 tours spread across D.C.'s four …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Maintenance issues shut down the water feature in the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
The water fountain at the Georgetown Waterfront Park is waterless Tuesday. The National Park Service's Rock Creek Park office manages the Georgetown park. Donald Kirk, the park service facility manager for Rock Creek Park, told Patch that he received a call from his maintenance contractor around 1 p.m. Tuesday informing him of an issue with the fountain. At this point they are not certain of the cause, but believe that an electrical fuse is to blame, said Kirk. Another park service contractor is en route to investigate. "It may be up and running tonight," said Kirk. "The worst case scenario, I hope, is tomorrow." H/t to Twitter user Angela Haupt for letting us know about the fountain issues in the first place. Follow Georgetown Patch on …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park have proposed renaming the intersection after deceased U.S. Sen. Charles Percy.
The entrance of the new Georgetown Waterfront Park could get a new name soon. The Georgetown Metropolitan and the Georgetown Dish report that City Councilman Jack Evans is trying to rename the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street after former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy, who died last fall, just days after the park was completed. The Metropolitan reported: "While Senator, Percy took a keen interest in the state of the Georgetown waterfront. He ultimately chaired the Georgetown Waterfront Commission that was the primary force that lead to the reinvention of the formerly industrial strip as a wonderful public park." The city council will have to approve the proposal, originally introduced by the the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The park on the Potomac has been many years in the making.
The Georgetown Waterfront Park officially opened to the public on Monday evening, after years of construction. D.C. Councilman Jack Evans explained how the park had been several decades in the making. "Look at this place," Evans said. "This is a beautiful place for people from all over the city to enjoy." About 100 people were enjoying it during the grand opening ceremony on Monday. Children splashed around in the new fountain. Dog walkers paused on the river steps. Peggy O'Dell, the deputy director for operations at the National Park Service, thanked her predecessors for their diligence in helping make this park a reality. "It is now an unbroken necklace of green along the Potomac," O'Dell said.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Bad drivers and a photo essay of two parks.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Looking for something new on the Internet? Here's Patch's weekly rundown of places of interest, selected for Georgetown.
Monday, June 13, 2011
A grand opening ceremony is planned for Sept. 13.
Officials anticipate the second phase of construction of the Georgetown Waterfront Park will be all-but finished sometime around July 21, but - don't get too excited, too soon. Several finishing touches, including connecting the park to Pepco's power grid, will need to be completed before the park is opened to the public. These final steps could take up to a month, or more. The grand opening of the park is scheduled for Sept. 13, almost three years after the second phase construction began in late 2008. Construction was originally planned to take about two years. Bob vom Eigen, president of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, said developers experienced pain points last year when unanticipated problems led to delays and soaring …