Since Wednesday there has been a lot of buzz about Chuck Brown Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at Chuck Brown Memorial Park. It seems to have begun with a Facebook event for the concert which had approximately 3000 RSVPs as of last week. While there are legitimate concerns about planning for an event of this size, it is important to understand that these RSVPs are not solid confirmations and in our social media-driven world, that number is nearly meaningless.
That said, there are legitimate concerns regarding crowd control, transportation, public safety, general noise and clean-up. I have been talking to many officials from DC Government since late Wednesday and I have concluded that the District of Columbia government is prepared to handle Chuck Brown Day. This will be a popular event, but I believe August 22 will be a fun day for our neighborhood and for DC. I can offer more detail about the plan in the section below. But know that I support this event and am very confident it will go smoothly.
I also want to be sure to note that when this idea was first raised at an SMD meeting at Langdon Rec Center several months ago, there was unanimous support at the meeting for this event and I believe the community continues to generally support Chuck Brown Day. I continue to support Chuck Brown Day at Chuck Brown Memorial Park on August 22, 2015.
If you have questions or concerns about anything here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to contact me online or even on twitter, @ANCNolan. Everyone is interested in this event going well and if you’ve got feedback we can use prior to the event, we would welcome it.
Notes and details of a recent planning meeting for Chuck Brown Day:
District Dept of Transportation
- 20th Street NE will be closed, probably Franklin to Rhode Island Ave.
- Four intersections around the park staffed with DDOT personnel.
- There will be 2 tow trucks in the neighborhood on call to tow illegally parked cars (ie blocked driveways) and an additional 15 parking enforcement officers in the neighborhood.
- DDOT will be parking cars on the athletic field at 24th and Franklin and they are looking to confirm more of the parking lots in the area.
Dept of Fire & EMS; Metro Police Dept; Dept of Parks & Recreation
- Fire and EMS will have first aid support on 20th Street.
- Park rangers and other DPR staff will be on hand to assist.
- MPD is still determining exact numbers but are engaged in this process.
- There are dozens more additional volunteers working the event in various capacities that will be on hand
Dept of General Services and Dept of Public Works
- Department of General Services will have staff to collect trash in the park during and after
- Department of Public Works will be on hand to remove trash from outside the park – and neighboring yards – after the event.
- Street sweeping to occur by end of day on August 22.
Stage and Performance Details:
- The show was originally 3 bands for four hours, but out of concern for neighbors it has been reduced to a 2 hour program and just the one band performing (Chuck Brown Band).
- The stage will be set in Chuck Brown Memorial Park plaza and it will be active from 4-6pm on Saturday, Aug 22.
The District Department of the Environment would like to invite you to Hickey Run Heroes’ Invasive Species Removal Service Project in Langdon Park.
Happening July 11th, 2015 from 9AM to 12pm. You will have a chance to learn from plant experts about common good, bad, and ugly vegetation in your community as well as how to deal with them. Please RSVP: http://www.sustainabledc.org/RSVP/
Please join Councilmember Grosso for his upcoming community town hall meeting to hear from residents, parents, and education stakeholders about public education in the District of Columbia. Information is below.
Ward 5 Town Hall
Thursday, June 18, 2015
5401 South Dakota Ave. NE
Meeting Room 1
In order to best prepare for the community meetings, we are asking that participants sign up and let us know your concerns. The Councilmember is looking forward to hearing from the community and engaging in these discussions on education issues throughout the District of Columbia.
It’s a busy week for neighborhood meetings and events, come on out!
Below is a quick list of meetings, events, etc coming up that would be of interest to folks in Woodridge and Langdon (and beyond!)
ANC Cmsr Walter Deleon (5C02) Townhall with Langdon Nightclubs
Date: Tues, May 12
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Bliss Nightclub
2122 24th Place NE
Owners of the nightclubs in the area will be present to take your questions!
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Annual Meeting
Date: Wed, May 13
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Rhode Island Row Community Room
(the condos & retail at Rhode Island Ave metro)
Friends of the Woodridge Library Fundraising Day
Date: Sat, May 16
Location: Front Lawn of Saint Francis de Sales
2015 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
BOOK SALE + CLOTHING DRIVE * HOUSE PLANT SALE
*bring your bags of gently used clothing (No shoes, purses, household items. Clothes Only)
ANC 5C May Meeting
Date: Wed, May 20
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5th District Police HQ
1805 Bladensburg Road NE
ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: ReCreative Spaces (1613 Rhode Island Ave) AND All Along Rhode Island Avenue
In partnership with Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, Menkiti Group, Plaza Art Supply, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Department of Housing and Community Development, we invite you to celebrate community engagement through a participatory arts festival taking place at ReCreative Spaces and in local businesses along Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. Participants will engage with, or actively observe, curated art installations and multi-faceted performances. Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind, body, and ideals.
Single Member District 5C07 Community Meeting
Date: Monday, May 11 at 7pm
Location: Langdon Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street NE
On the agenda:
- Representatives from MPD 5th District Police and DC Dept. of Parks & Rec Park Ranger.
- Update on Langdon Elementary School continued renovation in summer of 2015
- Update on the new Woodridge Library construction
- And overview of the ‘Langdon Park Permitting Taskforce‘ — The neighborhood group that works with the city and folks who use the parks for BBQs and parties. In particular those who are going to have a DJ with loud music.