Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park



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.

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Wedged between the chaos of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, Meridian Hill Park could easily be overlooked when driving along 16th Street. But the park offers a variety of nice picnic spots. The upper level of the park is a long rectangular lawn with benches, statues, and trees around the perimeter. Staircases lead down from there along a spectacular, cascading fountain—the largest in North America.
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Head to Columbia Heights to find this 12-acre park positioned due north of the White House along the longitudinal meridian of D.C. The Park is filled with sculptures and memorials, including statues of Joan of Arc, Dante and James Buchanan, the 15th US President. Pack a picnic and hang out in front of the Cascading Waterfall in the formal garden, or visit the upper mall area, where concerts and events are often staged.
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Meridian Hill Park’s rich history can be traced back to 1819, when naval officer David Porter built a mansion on a hill 1.5 miles directly north of the White House. Ten years later, John Quincy Adams moved into the estate after he left the White House. During the Civil War, Union troops used Meridian Hill as an encampment site. It was not until 1936 that Meridian Hill reached formal park status, after more than twenty years of planning and construction.
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