Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Thank God For Malcolm X Park!!!!!

So if you are a country girl, like I am, and you happen to find yourself living in a big city like DC, you don't take parks for granted. In fact, each and every time you visit a park, you say THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS PARK.

This is Malcolm X Park, about 10 blocks from my apartment in Logan Circle.

It is just a stunning place, as you can see in these photos. It has a very European feel. Sometimes when I'm sitting staring at the cascading water falls, I think I could be in the Villa Borghese gardens in Rome.

Oh, one thing. The National Park Service, which operates all parks in DC, calls this place by its official name, Meridian Hill Park. But all the locals know it as Malcolm X Park. I wrote a column decrying this situation, and it appeared in The Washington Post a while back. Basically, I said that Malcolm X Park, which sits at the top of a historically black neighborhood in DC, deserves to be renamed to honor the African American leader.

Gee whiz, somehow my demands fell on deaf ears.

Ah well, here is the park in all its summer splendor.


david seth michaels said...

You get some cardboard and some markers. Indelible markers. You find all of the signs in the neighborhood that don't say "Malcolm X Park." YOu make signs that say that and tape over the ones that have the other name with duct tape or something else that really sticks. Voila. The name of the park has been officially changed. So much for the bureaucracy.

Josh said...

A great park, indeed. In case you didn't know, and if you're interested, there is a drum circle that takes place every Sunday night during the summer. While there you can play the drums, dance to the music, or just enjoy the atmosphere. Whatever your choice may be, I suggest check it out at least once.

Claudia R said...

hey josh, thanks for the tip on the drum circle, i'd heard it was fun, and I even have a drum! hope you are having fun in argentina! cr