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May 2022

Lavender flowered tree in Rebecca Coder Park
Spring Bloomer, Francis Field, May 5, 2022.

FFF Spring Social Set for May 19, at 2501 M Street

Posted: May 5, 2022.

Our newly-formed membership committee will hold a "Spring Social" event for building residents at 2501 M Street on May 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

We hope to extend this outreach program to other residential buildings in the neighborhood, as we are attempting to recruit new members and volunteers.

As reported here last month, Mayor Bowser is asking the District Council for $3 million to repair Francis Field and expand the Francis Dog Park. (See Renovation article.)

We want to assure that the residential neighbors will continue to have a voice in the plans and process. We need to strengthen our membership and board for these new challenges as our long-serving directors are gradually retiring.

As we also reported last month, the boundaries of our elected Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC-2A) have changed due to the decennial census taken in 2020. (See Redistricting article.) We are gaining the Francis Swimming Pool and Francis-Stevens School on N Street. For the last thirty years, those public facilities were within ANC-2B, which is the Dupont Circle ANC-2B.

Our organization has been involved in improving the West End as a residential neighborhood since 2008. We encourage our neighbors to become involved. Membership in FFF is explained on our About & Contact page.

Rear-Field Landscaping Implementation Begins with May 7-8 Planting

Posted: May 5, 2022.
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Location of new planting in passive recreation space.

Implementation of the long-planned rear-field landscaping plan is scheduled to begin this month with the planting of ten large "Dragon Lady" holly bushes on May 7 and 8.

Four of the bushes will be planted in the passive recreation space near the 2501 M Street building, as shown in the photo at left. These will provide a green landscaping element to hide the concrete wall there, and provide more of a transition from park to building.

Six others will be planted at the rear of the playing field area, as shown in the photo below.

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Location of new planting at rear of playing field.

The landscaping plan that is being implemented was designed by the landscape architecture firm Oculus in 2019. It then went through a long approval process, first with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, then by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, and finally by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on April 16, 2020.

Tree-planting was the initial phase of the implementation. The next phase, clearing and preparing the planting beds, was delayed by the Covid 19 health emergency. It was completed last fall, and included the planting of some of the smaller plants in the plan. (See related article, Fall Season Planting Completed.)

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Location of new planting on landscape plan.

The plan at left shows the location of the ten hollies to be planted in implementing the approved landscape drawings.

FFF plans to plant an additional ten hollies in this coming fall, to continue to implement the plan. If funding is adequate, the entire plan could be completed then.

The entire landscape plan for Francis Field is on this website, and shows the plans in larger size, with additional drawings. See article Master Landscape Plan for Francis Field.

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