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Report on the October 16, 2018 Crestwood Meeting

Thu, October 18, 2018 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Dear Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone that came out this past Tuesday for the Joint ANC SMD 4A08/Crestwood Citizens Association Meeting! We talked about a wide range of issues, from clean air regulation to tennis courts, Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy, and, of course, our furry friends. 

A special thank you to Julia Washburn, Rock Creek Park Superintendent, who was our guest and spoke about a variety of issues relating to our neighbor Rock Creek Park. If you are interested in being on Rock Creek Park's email distribution list (which includes a schedule of events), click here

Below is a summary of some of the topics we discussed. 

Pavan Khoobchandani
President, Crestwood Citizens Association

Dog Waste Stations

Thanks to the generosity of a network of neighbors and sponsors, we now have eight neighborhood dog waste stations!

Two of them dispense bags for neighbors and dog walkers to use in picking up dog waste, and six of them have both doggie bags and trash cans to dispense with used bags. Please use them!

Please remember that cleaning up after your pet is the law. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that make people and pets sick. When it is left outside, pet waste can be tracked into homes and cars or washed into our streams and rivers. Learn more here

Below is a list of the stations and the generous people that have agreed to maintain them - meaning empty out the waste bin every week - a stinky job!

A special thank you goes to Commissioner Gale Black for supporting funding for these stations and the bags to fill them from the ANC.

Thanks also to Doug Barker for his Green Team leadership, George Chaconas for keeping the doggie bags filled for 10 YEARS and for monitoring all of the stations, and Carla Ferris from Waggamuffin Pet Care who purchased AND has agreed to maintain the new station at Blagden/Decatur/17th St. 

Locations of Dog Stations - stations with doggie bags and trash cans are shown in blue and stations that only dispense bags are in green.

Carter Barron Reconstruction


Rock Creek Conservancy Board Member Ethan Landis and Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn discussed the plans for a restoration of the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Julia noted that the project is in the planning stages and that there are a lot of options that are being evaluated including Ethan's suggestion of a cover/roof over the seating area, the development of space below the stage, and other betterments to the venue.

Current estimates put project completion in 2021. Learn more about the Carter Barron Project. 

The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018

We discussed a proposed ANC Resolution In Support Of The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, which calls for, among other things, a switch from an "opt-in" to purchasing electricity from renewable sources for Pepco customers to an "opt-out" model, as well as for 100% of DC's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2032. 

There was general agreement that it was a very complex issue, perhaps deserving its own meeting with experts before we can take action as a neighborhood. One neighbor noted that there are people that can come and speak with us for more clarity, including what the financial implications of the proposal are. Please contact Issues Team Peter Richman at if you have any comments or questions. 

Peirce Mill Tennis Center

Issue Team Lead Peter Richman proposed a resolution, which passed and has been issued, calling for Crestwood to support the redevelopment of the Peirce Mill Tennis Center site, which is currently closed

Julia Washburn, Rock Creek Park Superintendent, discussed some of the parameters and issues surrounding any development of the site. Peter has been collecting ideas for potential uses for the site (such as keeping tennis courts, making it into a pavillion, etc.). We'll send a separate update with more details soon. 

If you would like to have any input please contact Peter at

ANC SMD 4A08 Commissioner Black


Commissioner Black presented her October 2018 ANC SMD 4A08 report as well as discussed recent legislation including those relating to required homeowner replacement of lead water pipes coming into their homes, the proposal to close Providence Hospital, the "Airbnb Bill," and roll out of small cell technology in the District.  

You can check to see whether you have lead pipes coming into your home here:

Crestwood's Partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy

Crestwood has long worked closely with Rock Creek Conservancy for the benefit of Rock Creek Park, and we continue that partnership with our encouragement to attend the annual Rock Creek Gala on December 8, 2018. 

Also, the proceeds from this year's Crestwood Turkey Trot will go to benefit the Conservancy, and we're planning some really cool things for 2019. Stay tuned!

CASA Crestwood Is Just Over A Week Away!

In just over a week, on Sunday, October 28 at 2pm, see inside six Crestwood homes and a church, all the while supporting Thrive DC

Click here to see some sneak peeks at the homes being featured and click here to register today!

Upcoming Events

The Crest - Be On The Lookout!


The November edition of The Crest, Crestwood's quarterly newsletter, will be coming to your doorsteps in November.

Thank you to Max NachemanGeorge ChaconasPatricia Vaughn-CookeNicole Skinner, and Gale Harman who are serving as a network of block contacts to help hand-deliver the newsletter.

We need more help! If you can spare some time each quarter to help deliver to your block or more please email It's a great way to get some exercise and meet neighbors!

This website and the Crestwood Citizens Association is supported by the dues of CCA members. Membership has its benefits including access to members-only resources and the knowledge that you are supporting a great neighborhood!

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