Friday, May 29, 2015

Amidon Sidewalk Park Forum Tomorrow

A community forum will be held tomorrow at Capitol Park Tower (301 G Street) from 10 am to 12 pm to discuss plans for the restoration of Amidon Sidewalk Park, a neglected strip of sidewalk and benches along 4th and G streets that frame Amidon Field.

Untreated park bench on G Street.
Restored park bench on G Street.

The Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association has spearheaded the effort to restore Amidon Sidewalk Park. In recent months, work has been done to determine whether the wood benches along the park can be restored. One of the benches was used as a test case and as you can see from the photos above, restoration is possible (at least for benches that are still intact). A design concept has also been commissioned. $100,000 has been set aside in the District's 2016 budget for the park and private-sector dollars may also be raised.

At tomorrow's forum, members of the community will get a chance to vote on which components they would like in the park. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include:

- Bocce ball court
- Capital Bikeshare station
- Fitness course
- Flower planters
- Game tables
- Miniature golf
- Picnic tables  
- Rain garden

Come to Capitol Park Tower tomorrow from 10 am to 12 pm and help shape your community!

Rendering courtesy of Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association

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