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The project received lots of praise and has stood the test of time fairly well although it is now in serious need of refurbishment. It gives me great pleasure to witness the success of this park over the past 40 years. Inevitably the trees have become crowded, plants have died, paving has deteriorated and furnishings have been replaced or removed.
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Its greatest merit is that the basic idea of celebrating the regional indigenous natural landscape has proven to be a success and a pleasure to all users. It is important to preserve and enhance the park for future generations. Nonetheless, the park was generally well-maintained. Custom-made benches replaced with NPS standard-issue in Edwardian style to match other parks.
Original bronze light poles remain, now topped with plastic globes to match National Mall. The reopening of Fourth Street, S. The small eastern and western sections, at Third and Sixth Streets, S. As part of the redevelopment plans, the owner of an apartment complex adjacent to the Duck Pond requested zoning approval for a new tower directly across K Street, S.
Permission was granted and the park was not added to the District maintenance schedule pending restoration.
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The "Great Recession" of put the development plans on hold, with the developer eventually declaring bankruptcy, then liquidating. Despite this, the park remained unattended and began to rapidly deteriorate.
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Broken pumps were not repaired and the stagnant water was responsible for a case of West Nile Virus in Park Naming Bill Testimony - Stopher. Park Naming Billl Testimony - Alfonso. December 8, "Councilmember Tommy Wells recognizes D.
The community effort to restore the park began in the winter of under the direction of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jane Jorgensen. Enthusiasm grew quickly, with other civic groups and local businesses helping with the effort to stabilize the water runoff conditions and improve the park aesthetics. With increased levels of support from District agencies in general maintenance and upkeep, the focus of Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond shifted in to recreating the park as a place where neighbors would gather and build community connections.
Across a duck pond to Park Cafe on left. - Picture of Saltram Gardens (National Trust), Plymouth
The brick retaining walls deteriorated notably in and were finally repaired in November after a local civil engineer expressed concern about their possible collapse. Malfunctioning of an aging auto-fill device resulted in frequent flooding and added to the rotting of the brick on the pond's perimeter. Community and ANC testimony to City Council requesting a filter for the pond's pumping system was not successful. On April 11, a burst underwater return pipe resulted in the pumps being deactivated completely.