Small Parks

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Washington DC’s system of small parks includes National Park reservations ranging from 0.0045 to approximately seven acres. These reservations are managed and maintained by the National Capital Region, and are unique within the National Park Service, not only for their size and location, but also because of their multiplicity of functions. Small parks are sites of national and local commemoration, active and passive recreation, protest, social services, and traffic control. They represent the most common park type in Washington, DC, and are found throughout the city. The purpose of the DC Small Parks Project is to help the National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR) in developing a consistent approach to evaluating and managing change at small parks throughout Washington, DC. These Cultural Landscape Inventories uses three prototypes to build on previous efforts to develop holistic, coordinated management strategies across the small park network, to help fulfill the NPS agenda for urban parks in the twenty-first century.

Virginia Avenue NW is a cultural landscape in southwest Washington, DC. Located in the southwest quadrant, the segment of the avenue included in this cultural landscape inventory runs diagonally, southeast to northwest, for approximately one mile, between 18th Street NW and New Hampshire Avenue NW. The landscape is made up of fourteen reservations, managed by the National Capital Region, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Bryce Park is a cultural landscape in northwest Washington, D.C. The quasi-triangular park is bounded by Wisconsin Avenue on the west, Garfield Street on the south, 36th Place NW on the east, and Massachusetts Avenue NW on the north. The landscape is comprised of Reservation 700, managed by the National Capital Region, Rock Creek Park. The reservation is a small park that covers 0.59 acres.

Maryland Avenue NE is a cultural landscape in northeast Washington, D.C. Located in the northeast quadrant, the segment of the avenue included in this cultural landscape inventory runs diagonally, southeast to northwest, for approximately 1.4 miles, between 2nd Street NE and 14th Street NE. The landscape is comprised of ten reservations, including Stanton Park, that are managed by the National Capital Region, National Capital Parks – East.

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