Spring is here, and the Friends of Rose Park (FRP) has lots of news to share.
The popular Rose Park Wednesday afternoon market is scheduled to re-open on May 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Rose Park basketball courts at the corner of O Street and 26th Street NW. “Lots of the favorite vendors will be there, such as the hot pizza truck, but new fresh produce vendors are also expected,” said Sarah Leonard, new co-chair of FRP which has organized the market for years. Some surprise guests and entertainment also are being planned. A new market manager will also be introduced.
The FRP board has also been renewed with co-chairs Leonard and Gail Daubert. Board members include past chairperson David Dunning, Allister Chang, Eric Dickman, Robert Hetem, Russell Bridges, David Freuenheim, William Weldon, Sarah Wade and Ryan Michigan, plus Annabeth Rodriguez, a non-Board member. Wade and Michigan are new members. “We seek to have our non-profit board filled with people of diverse experiences, backgrounds and skill sets,” Dunning told The Georgetowner.
A new, just evolving project for the FRP is the development of a native-plant shade garden at the south entrance to Rose Park on Pennsylvania Avenue. “It’s being designed now by the Rock Creek National Park Service garden landscapers and will be funded largely by the Georgetown Garden Club,” Leonard said. Initially, the garden will be planted in a dozen or so raised planters of varying sizes and shapes some two feet off the ground. The raised beds were highly recommended by the NPS garden experts due to the heavy foot traffic and especially dogs who traverse the area during daylight hours.
Rose Park also will be getting five park benches soon, according to Dunning. They are being sent from Francis Scott Key Park at 34th & M Streets, next to Key Bridge.
The Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2E) passed a resolution on April 4 in support of a city bike station to be situated in the northern part of Rose Park, most likely near P Street.