Meridian Hill Park, Washington DC

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Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Columbia Heights; it also abuts the nearby neighborhood of Adams Morgan. The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940. This 12 acre (49,000 m²) formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as a part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles (2.42 km) directly north of the White House. The park has also been unofficially known as "Malcolm X Park" by some city residents.
At the time of Washington, D.C.'s creation in 1791, the land beneath present-day Meridian Hill Park was owned by Robert Peter, wealthy Georgetown merchant, and was known as Peter's Hill. In 1804 President Thomas Jefferson had a geographic marker placed on this large hill. Centered exactly north of the White House, this marker helped to establish a longitudinal meridian for the city and the nation: the "White House meridian". After the War of 1812, Commodore David Porter, a naval hero of that war, acquired the hill in 1816 as part of a 110-acre tract of land that he had purchased; he named this property "Meridian Hill". On the brow of this prominent hill on his new estate, and close to the marker, Porter then built a large and famous mansion which he also named Meridian Hill. The home faced south with a dramatic view of the White House and the Potomac River beyond. Meridian Hill Park today shares this view.
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  • This park is adjacent to our accommodations so we decided to walk through it. It is in a very sad state of disrepair. The plants and greenery (brownerie) badly need water. The pools and waterfalls are...  more »
  • After more than a year, the repairs on the fountain have been completed and it been running since June 11. It is worth the visit to this urban oasis.  more »
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  • The water wasn't on when I went in the early spring/late winter, but it is a truly amazing place. I have yet to go see the massive waterfall running. 10/10 must go. It's a beautiful park, raised up above the street. I'm guessing it's for reducing traffic sound levels while you're in the park. Definitely would recommend going.
  • Very nice and very large park in DC! Only negative is that it is up hill from pretty much everything and not a small hill at that. Numerous steps up staircases from pretty much any approach. Lots of shady areas and one large central area with lots of other smaller segmented areas as well.
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