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Meridian Hill Park, Washington DC
(4.1/5 based on 45 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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  • I'm a local and hesitate to share this terrific spot, but hear of too many visitors (and locals!) who don't know about it. It is a great green space for a break from the DC traffic. It has a stunning ...  more »
  • We went here to see the Pres. James Buchanan memorial. It is in the Meridian Hill park. This is a nice quiet park in the neighborhood. The memorial is on 1 see. There is a very nice cascadING fountain...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • This Park is amazing. There is such a high energy in this place. Every time I step in, it feels amazing. I have seen people jogging all the time in here. Its never empty and that is the best part, so many people yet its so clam and peaceful in there. Imagine such a place in the heart of a city like DC.
  • A decent spot to relax midday or on the weekend. There's a local drum circle hosted on Sundays where anyone can attend. The place almost always has shady characters once the sun sets, so do your best to enjoy this park during daylight hours.
  • Love this park. Has a very youthful and creative vibe. Lots of room to even play sports. There is music and dancing sometimes and a very creative vibe here.
  • 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.
  • The trees and people and all. So serene at dusk. Nice place to go and clear my head!