I haven't seen an official agenda for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D's meeting this coming Tuesday (7 pm at 5D headquarters at1805 Bladensburg Road NE), but I do know of one item that will definitely be discussed at the meeting. Commissioner Bernice Blacknell (5D04) will put forth a resolution for the ANC to support reopening the southern entrance to the National Arboretum. The entrance gate, which was closed in the early 1990s due to concerns including funding and crime, is near Maryland and M Streets NE. I think it's a great idea. Reopening the entrance would reconnect the community to this amazing resource. One of the challenges is funding for the Arboretum, something that could improve with the proposed China Garden.
The blue marker shows the location of the southern entrance
Below is text taken from a draft proposal that explains a bit more about the goals and plans.
- Reopening the Maryland Gate so that nearby residents in Carver, Langston Terrace, Trinidad, Kingman Park, and the surrounding areas, as well as students from nearby Browne Education Campus, Phelps ACE High School, and Two Rivers at Young PCS can more easily and safely access the Arboretum;
- Working with the Arboretum to find continuous revenue sources to ensure that the expenses associated with reopening the Maryland Avenue gate will not adversely affect the Arboretum’s budget;
- Considering whether opening the Maryland Avenue gate to only pedestrian and bicycle traffic to minimize costs, encourage pedestrian traffic, and discourage car traffic.
The blue marker shows the southern entrance, & the yellow markers the two open entrances