Locals can now enjoy a new outdoor space on K Street.
The new seasonal parklet, called “parkKIT,” was officially opened to the public during a ribbon-cutting held this morning in front of the Gensler building at 2020 K Street NW.
Among the dozens in attendance for the ceremony were Golden Triangle BID Executive Director Leona Agouridis; Tanya Stern from the D.C. Office of Planning; DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo; Gensler Managing Director Jeff Barber; and Director of the District Department of the Environment and former D.C. Councilmember, Tommy Wells.
“It is a project that celebrates the importance of public space,” said Agouridis during a speech. “It also shows the potential to activate public space in the most unlikely of places, K Street, one of the most iconic streets in the nation.”
The parklet replaces two street parking spaces and is composed of yellow blocks that visitors can rearrange and triangle planters set at different heights.
“Messing with parking in [D.C.] takes a lot of guts, takes a lot of vision,” Wells told the crowd. “What we know if activating the public spaces creates safer spaces, creates excitement, creates more business.”
The parklet will stay open until October, and will serve as host for weekly activities put on by Golden Triangle.
Tired of all the muggings and stabbings happening on your street? Upset about that intersection near your apartment where you’ve almost been hit on your bike, twice? Want to weigh in for or against the proposed liquor moratorium? Or do you have something positive to report — a city service that was completed efficiently, maybe; or good feedback on the development coming to your neighborhood?
Now you can unload all the good and the bad with someone who could actually do something about it. This Thursday, two DC Councilmembers are having informal meet and greets or “office hours” in and around Borderstan: new Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) and longtime Councilmember (and likely mayoral candidate) Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who now has most of Shaw in his Ward.
These open meetings provide an intimate setting away from City Hall for you to ask your biggest questions and actually get answers. Did you come up with a plan to fix the Metro escalators? Have a brilliant idea for the public school on your block? Want to suggest a parking ticket amnesty day? Don’t keep those to yourself — share them!
Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
- Community Office Hours: Azi’s Café (1336 9th Street NW) on Thursday, March 28, 8 a.m to 9:30 a.m.
Councilmember David Grosso (At-Large)
- Grosso Near You: Big Bear Café (1700 1st Street NW) on Thursday, March 28, 8 am to 9:30 am.