For its 125th anniversary in 2015, resolve to know Rock Creek Park—literally from A to Z.
Just as you notice something new every time you visit our precious wilderness in the city, you can visit this space week by week and go through the alphabet learning more about the Park, its resources and its history.
Rock Creek Park stretches from Fort Bayard Park in Northwest to Barnard Hill in Northeast, with many other sites situated between them. Yet these official, administrative boundaries of the Park don’t reveal how extensive Rock Creek Park really is.
It extends and crisscrosses all boundaries – physical and imagined. Last Saturday, I was looking through knick-knacks at Eastern Market in Southeast, a place that I consider to be geographically removed from Rock Creek Park. Despite this, I discovered a postcard from 1921 with a picture of Rock Creek Park’s Peirce Mill on its front. I held onto it because I thought it was worth keeping, and it gradually dawned on me how incredible it is that almost 100 years later, the structure on the postcard - Peirce Mill - still stands.
Understanding is nice but not as much as it may seem at the outbreak and other similar barely give you a book here's what you elect.
Since moving to a house next to Rock Creek Park three decades ago, the Park has been my source of peace--the place I go to clear my mind and subdue the stresses of life.
Although circumstances in those 30 years have forced me to make dramatic changes in the ways I enjoy the Park, it remains a source of comfort and wonder.
Initially I lost myself in long solo runs on trails or on Beach Drive (thank you, National Park Service, for closing it to traffic on weekends and holidays). I loved the crunch of dirt and stones underfoot and the cacophony of cicadas and birds hidden in the branches.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the successful social media campaign to win historic preservation funds for Meridian Hill Park--a spectacular unit of Rock Creek Park on 16th Street NW! The funds will stabilize and repair the grotto at the 16th Street entrance.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Meridian Hill Park--also known as Malcolm X Park--to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative of American Express and the Trust.