Below are my notes and information from the SMD Meeting last June 29 at the Woodridge Library. Check out my Meetings page to learn about upcoming meetings.
Chuck Brown Park
The big news from the meeting came from the DGS and DPR presenters who said the concept of the Chuck Brown memorial as an amphitheater has been scraped and the memorial will now be a plaza. When this was announced, the meeting broke out in applause! The current designs include a statue and information about Chuck Brown’s life and legacy. They call for a human-scale wall that will include his discography and images. Both designs also included a statue of Chuck Brown, which would require a different process, but one they expect to include.
The designs can be viewed just below here. If you click all the way through the presentation, there is a way to give feedback on the designs on the last slide. DC Government is giving people until Friday, July 12 to comment online. I will also be holding a meeting on Thursday, July 11 (7pm, at the Langdon Rec Center) where I will collect feedback that I can pass along to the DC Government.
The response at the meeting was overwhelmingly positive to the new direction. The one thing to note is the plaza is likely to move forward without the statue at first, but only because building statues on public land requires a different process than building a plaza or building. Essentially, building a statue on public land has to go through the Arts Commission and that process will take a couple years to produce a statue. In the meantime they’ll go ahead with the rest and add the statue when it’s done.