Chuck Brown Park Dedication – Friday, Aug 22

You’ve probably seen the fury of work around Chuck Brown Memorial Park at Langdon Park, so get ready for the grand opening!

When: Friday, August 22
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Chuck Brown Memorial Park, across the street from Langdon Rec (2901 20th Street NE)

Chuck Brown Park Grand Opening


You can download the flyer by clicking on the image or here.


Councilmember McDuffie’s Budget Priorities

This morning, Mayor Gray will be announcing his FY14 budget plan. In advance of that, last night Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released his budget priorities for the upcoming year. You can read CM McDuffie’s full report here, but several of these impact our area, so I’ll highlight those here:

Improvements for Rhode Island Avenue N.E. – The Rhode Island Avenue N.E. corridor has lacked the resources necessary to become a truly vibrate gateway into the city. In 2012 I introduced, and the Council passed, a bill formally designating Rhode Island Avenue as a Retail Priority Area. To realize Rhode Island Avenue’s full potential, my priority is to allocate funding for economic development incentives, walkable streetscape enhancements, a Main Streets program, and targeted assistance for small businesses along the corridor.

That is great news for our area and the revitalization of Rhode Island Avenue!

And Councilmember McDuffie will be working to modernize our neighborhood school as well:

Langdon Elementary School Modernization – As Langdon Elementary School prepares to absorb students from other schools, I have heard from many Ward 5 parents about the need to modernize the school in the FY 14 budget year. Therefore, I am advocating for improvements to the facilities over the summer, in advance of the upcoming school year. I am also requesting a FY14 modernization that includes a new gym, auditorium, and cafeteria.

The monies for Langdon Elementary are certainly welcome. My understanding is that Langdon has a great community of parents, students, teachers and administrators but lacks truly modern facilities. These improvements are necessary but we’ll have to also track them going forward. While a new gym, auditorium and cafeteria are GREAT, one of the concerns I’ve heard from parents is the lack of bathrooms inside the younger classrooms. Let’s make those classrooms modern along with the other facilities!


Chuck Brown Park Unveiled

Yesterday I was downtown at the Wilson Building for Mayor Gray’s bill signing ceremony, officially changing the name of the western half of Langdon Park to Chuck Brown Park. There was a bit of coverage of the park from the Rhode Island Avenue Insider, Washington City Paper, DCist, and Washington Post.

The Mayor has said he would like the Amphitheater to be open by the summer, so I presume the RFP for construction of the project will be out very shortly. I’m not sure how many of the details of the design are up for discussion, but you can email me to provide your thoughts, concerns and feedback. I will take this feedback and share with the agencies working on this, as well as the Mayor’s staff and Councilmember McDuffie. I am working on getting representatives to attend my Single Member District meeting on Saturday, January 26 (at 10am at the Woodridge Library) to discuss the amphitheater and park improvements.

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