Fall Construction Expected on Potomac Triangle Parks

Outgoing Commissioner Thanks Community for Work

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Potomac Triangle Park, Reservation 253 (12th St SE/K St SE/Potomac Ave SE), Final Concept Design Drawing. The park contains some more costly elements, such as a splash park, that will require additional funding. Image: Courtesy DPR

Plans for the Potomac Triangle Parks are expected to move forward this spring, Commissioner Aimee Grace announced at the Feb. 13 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Aimee Grace (ANC 6B07) has worked for a year and a half on concepts for a new triangle park in Southeast, together with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), representatives from Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartments and members of the community. After months of planning, community discussion and feedback, the project is now nearing reality.

There are two parks planned. The first is Reservation 253, the triangle park at the intersection of 12th St SE/K St SE/Potomac Ave SE, which is under the control of DPR. Reservation 254, the triangle park at the intersection of 13th St SE/I St SE/Potomac Ave SE, is under the control of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Potomac Triangle Park, Reservation 254 (13th St SE/I St SE/Potomac Ave SE), Final Concept Drawing. Image Courtesy DPR

Grace credits community advocacy and the work of Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D) for the $500,000 that has been earmarked for the project in the District Council’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.  She noted that additional funds may yet be sought for more expensive elements such as a splash pool.

Planning will begin this spring, when DGS is expected to hire a company to create construction drawings and initiate the permit process. Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall of this year.

Commissioner Grace announced her resignation last December, and submitted her official letter of resignation Feb. 20th. She will keep her home in the neighborhood and says she plans to ensure the parks project moves forward.