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Meridian Hill Park, Washington DC

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • When you are in Washington DC and you want to sit in a green huge space for walking or playing this is a beautiful place. I noticed that the water is missing in the park though there's a place suited ...  read more »
  • My husband grew up in the neighborhood and wanted to visit the park. It has changed so much since he was a kid. The water flows are no longer there. they need to reconsider bringing them back. It was ...  read more »
  • The park is a beautiful spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is within walking distance of Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and Howard University area. Sit in one of the park benche...  read more »
  • A potentially beautiful park, but the grass had not been cut in a while and the fountain was off and totally dry. This park is incredibly large and has plenty of grassy space to relax on a nice day. There are also plenty of benched to regain your strength after climbing the many stairs necessary to navigate around the park.
  • I'm a tourist, not a local, but I had a day to explore and discovered this park. Beautifully designed and maintained reasonably well for an urban park, though the fountains and pools weren't on. Enough people to feel safe but not so many to feel crowded. Fascinating history -- where else would you find statues of Dante and Joan of Arc in Washington?
  • It's a beautiful lush park with a water feature that takes over the bottom fifth of property. Don't miss it in its full glory in the summer time. Great for picnics and games of soccer. It's fully alive on beautiful days. I may be careful strolling through there by myself late in the day/evening or early early in the morning, due to suspicious activity. Otherwise it's a magical park that pulls you out of the DC of the National Mall, and places you into a historic opulence of local history.
  • Great park. Love the fountain and the multi-tier layout. Plenty of seating and quite comfortable at that. Only complaint is the water fountain I visited wasn't working.
  • A lovely park (also very good for Pokemon GO!). A pleasant break from the city.
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