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- USR072_230915_10.JPG: CHINATOWN PARK
As part of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District's Pedestrian Safety and Experience Study, stakeholders chose Chinatown Park for a temporary installation.
Results from the Pedestrian Safety and Experience public survey conducted in the fall shared 6th Street NW was a "least favorite street". The DBID Gallery-Place Corridor Study lists negative characteristics for 6th Street NW such as many lanes and narrow sidewalks. On I Street NW, the lanes are wide and the crosswalks are long at the intersections with 6th and 5th Street NW. Traffic data identifies 6th and I Street NW as a high crash area. DDOT previously installed delineator-post curb extensions at 6th and I Street NW. This project expands on it.
In the DBID Parks Master Plan, Chinatown Park is a planned park redevelopment. It is a signature location for the heritage area to celebrate its brand and culture. One of the goals in the parks master plan is to "grow parks" and "identifying key streets to parkify". This project does both. The park is adjacent to residential areas that would benefit from open space improvements and could adopt it for use.
The westbound lane of I Street NW, adjacent to Chinatown Park with under-utilized curb space, is closed for a temporary seating 15.0 area. The crosswalk lengths are shortened by minimizing the o intersections to the vehicles' operability as a traffic calming measure.
Large, above-ground tree plantings anchor the corners and enclose the pedestrian zone. A randomized stack of painted, illuminated, shipping-skid pallets add a playful structure for gathering and playing. Foldable cafe table and chairs with colorful umbrellas sprinkle either side for cafe spill out and meeting up for the community. Branded barriers enclose the space but are flexible enough for larger events. Planter boxes deliver color and softness to the space.
Tree trimming along the park edge would enable views to the park and lighten the space. The barricades are continuous enough that parents can feel safe allowing their children to play.
- Description of Subject Matter: Chinatown Park (Reservation 72)
501-599 I Street NW
Reservation 72 is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue on the north, I Street on the south, 6th Street on the west, and 5th Street on the east. The park is commonly referred to as Chinatown Park due to its location.
The Downtown BID, in partnership with the National Park Service, rehabilitated Reservation 72 in summer 2012. The project included replacement of the interior sidewalk, new sod, upgrades to the irrigation system, and the installation of ten new benches and four new trash cans. Additionally, the National Park Service planted several new trees in the park during the fall of 2012.
This renovation was accomplished through contributions from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and developers of nearby projects, as well as a Transportation Enhancements grant from the District Department of Transportation.
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