Meridian Hill Park, Washington DC

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Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Columbia Heights; it also abuts the nearby neighborhood of Adams Morgan. The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940. This 12 acre (49,000 m²) formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as a part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles (2.42 km) directly north of the White House. The park has also been unofficially known as "Malcolm X Park" by some city residents.HistoryAt the time of Washington, D.C.'s creation in 1791, the land beneath present-day Meridian Hill Park was owned by Robert Peter, wealthy Georgetown merchant, and was known as Peter's Hill. In 1804 President Thomas Jefferson had a geographic marker placed on this large hill. Centered exactly north of the White House, this marker helped to establish a longitudinal meridian for the city and the nation: the "White House meridian". After the War of 1812, Commodore David Porter, a naval hero of that war, acquired the hill in 1816 as part of a 110-acre tract of land that he had purchased; he named this property "Meridian Hill". On the brow of this prominent hill on his new estate, and close to the marker, Porter then built a large and famous mansion which he also named Meridian Hill. The home faced south with a dramatic view of the White House and the Potomac River beyond. Meridian Hill Park today shares this view.
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  • We visited during the fall, and while the park was still beautiful with colorful leaves and rich with history, the fountains were off and pools were dry.  more »
  • Not sure what we were expecting as we were going off a 2007 National Park stamp, but what we found was a remnant if it’s former glory. Arriving at dusk we found a fountain system in disrepair and it h...  more »
  • This park is such a hidden gem. In the warmer months, this park is amazing - green everywhere - grass and trees, the cascading fountain is just beautiful. People hanging out, walking their dogs, readi...  more »
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  • Until recently Meridian Hill Park was better known in the community as Malcolm X Park. The park is part of the community and offers a variety of outlets including the opportunity to play soccer, hold picnics, a great place to recreate, some of the local charter schools utilize the spaces Park for recreation. On Sundays drummers percussionists and other musicians gather for drum circles and dance. The drummer's, musicians and dancers congregate from many different cultures including African American, African, Latino, Cuban, just good old-fashioned Jam sessions and fellowship. Sadly the new people moving into Adams Morgan /Colombus Heights appear to be unappreciative of the history and Multicultural aspects that make Meridian Hill Park AKA Malcolm X Park the unique and wonderful part that it is.
  • Pretty nice area mid city. Great place to run, skate, bike, walk the dog and any other activities. It's good to enjoy some street performers. It's specially good during sunset.
  • Beautiful park, we got off our cab at the main entrance of the park and then we entered a huge park area where we could picnic, play frisbee or just walk around and be awesome. We then walked down the park down a scenic parkway. It was all in all a beautiful park visit and a must Reccomended place to go. I hope you enjoy.
  • Come clear your head with the views or just people watch. Excellent place to spend a lazy weekend with a nap. On Sunday afternoons during the warmer months you'll want to catch the drum circle. Everyone dances to foot-tapping rhythms from the drums. A wonderful, peaceful, artistic crowd.
  • Drum circle on Sundays, warm weather, from 2pm to 9pm... If you have whatever instrument bring it and come to the circle... No members fee just free fun. A Lot of people dancing... Yoga all over the place... Hippies everywhere. I bring my drum and drum away.
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