Many of the parks in the Downtown BID are formed at the crossing of a diagonal avenue with the orthogonal street grid. These spaces were designated as open spaces or parks to line the broad avenues in L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for the city.
In several cases, the management and maintenance of a small park has been undertaken by the adjacent property owner through a partnership agreement with the National Park Service. For more information about partnerships, please see here.
Reservation 72 (Chinatown Park)
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.
Reservation 68 (Burke Park)
Reservation 68 is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue to the north, L Street to the south, 12th Street to the west, and 11th Street to the east. The park is commonly known as Burke Park, due to the statue of Edmond Burke located at the east end of the site.
Edmund Burke was an English statesmen and philosopher who supported the American colonies during the revolution. The bronze sculpture created by J. Harvard Thomas was placed at this site in 1922.
In spring 2012, Casey Trees, in partnership with the DC Office of Planning, National Park Service, and the Downtown BID planted several trees in the park.