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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  • Great park in the middle of the city. Cool fountains, really nice green space.
  • This should be renamed the original "Malcolm x park". Beautiful park.
  • Sunday drum circles and relaxing on the green. So perfect. I wish the paletas wagon was there all the time.
  • Great family fun, live local drum beats on Sunday. No need for the gym, dance yourself into a physical oasis of fun and laughter. Bring your favorite instrument and join in on the fun. Bring the kids, blanket and refreshments. Enjoy
  • I really like hanging out at this park with friends for a picnic lunch or just relaxing with a book. People watching is great, there is always some sort of game being played on the weekends.

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