- Wednesday April 26th, 2017 - DC City Council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment holds a key DPR budget oversight hearing, 1:00-3:00 pm, City Hall Rm. 412. Councilperson Mary Cheh holds the chairmanship of the council coummittee overseeing the budget of DPR and DGS. The meeting could be critical in determining whether councilperson Cheh allows the project to be delayed, as the mayor has asked for in her budget, and effectively killed that way, or whether she reinserts the project money for 2019 construction and preserves the Hearst site as the location.
The committee hearing can be livestreamed, or viewed in archive, here - click here.
- April 18, 2017 - ANC3F releases a resolution in support of the project by a vote of 7 in favor, 0 opposed. See a copy of the resolution by clicking here.
- April 4th, 2017 - Mayor releases budget delaying construction to 2020, but preserving the Hearst location. The mayor's budget is a "guidance document" of sorts for the council. It's the city council's job to mark it up and delete or add whatever it feels necessary before their vote on May 30th. It's up to the council now, and specifically Ward 3 councilperson Mary Cheh, to restore the 2019 construction date and preserve Hearst as the location for the pool.
- March 28th, 2017 - FOHP meets with DGS, DPR and the project architects and designers to obtain clarification on a number of design questions which bear directly on key issues raised by construction at the park. FOHP came away from the meeting feeling that all parties were doing their absolute best to make this project a success on every levels, and for all concerned.
During the meeting, a number of items were discussed. The tree survey produced by the Neighbors of Hearst Park group was examined and, in light of their and other concerns, the city and designers confirmed that they intend to do everything necessary to leave those trees standing strong for the next 50 to 100 years - including possibly not touching even the soccer field level at all except for grading and bioswale work! The city and the designers are also investigating whether it's possible to better site the pool and related facilities to make them less obtrusive and park preserve views. And finally, they've also made clear that they're investigating - and will implement - the absolute best ideas for staging the construction to least affect the big trees - including the possibility of keeping all of the materials and staging restricted to the existing tennis court pad. And perhaps even better news, DPR's project manager confirmed that the soccer field will remain natural grass.
- March 21st, 2017 - FOHP addresses ANC3F regarding their proposed resolution on the project. Both FOHP and the anti folks addressed the ANC, and the ANC ultimately produced the following resolution. Live stream of the presentation can be seen by clicking here.
- February 15th, 2017 - DPR's Fourth Community Forum on Hearst Park and Pool was held at Hearst Elementary's Gymnasium, 6:30 - 8 pm. The survey was discussed in detail - options 1 and 2 seem to be the key focus now. The DPR Director of Aquatics spoke forcefully and eloquently about DPR's master plan, which seeks to have a splash pad within a half mile of every resident, an outdoor pool within a mile, and an indoor pool within 2 miles. He emphasized that this pool is not just a Cleveland Park pool, or even a Ward 3 pool, but rather a pool that belongs to the entire city and fulfills that ".5,1,2 mile" requirement for a great number of people - that it fits into the DPR aquatics plan mosaic (which speaks loudly to the reason it will be located at Hearst). A DOE tree specialist also spoke and answered questions about the trees and explained the layers of safeguards that will be in place to preserve them. Additionally, the architects spoke about design and answered questions about fencing. Finally, Jackie Stanley of DGS answered any other queries. Overall, it was a meeting packed with answers and information.
For the city's slide presentation, click here.
FOHP's ideas about the poolhouse in Option 1 can be found in the CPCA presentation - click here.
- February 2nd, 2017 - FOHP Presented at a Cleveland Park Citizens Association Meeting - CPCA asked, and FOHP obliged, to briefly present at a forum organized to discuss the pool and park. See the FOHP presentation by clicking here.
- January 17th, 2007 - DPR Releases The Results of their Hearst Park and Pool Survey - at the ANC 3F monthly meeting, the city's Department of Public Works released the Hearst Park and Pool survey results. In the survey, the question was asked whether respondents wanted a pool at Hearst: 76% answered the question as YES TO A POOL! 1172 respondents took the survey, 78% of them reported they lived within a mile of the park, 73% identified as families. Survey results can be found by clicking here. And a discussion of the results can be seen here, in the taping of that ANC meeting, starting at approximately the 51:25 mark:
- November 17th, 2016 - Opponents Voice Their Concern to Mayor Bowser at CPCA Meeting - In a question from the audience at the Cleveland Park Citizens Association meeting, the mayor, who was in attendance, was made aware of opposition to a pool at Hearst. Opponents told her they represent 120 families. The mayor responded that the budget allocation did not come from her, but rather from Councilwoman Cheh and Council-Chair Phil Mendelson. She indicated those two individuals would largely be the decision-makers on this project. However, she agreed to meet in private with those opposed to the project. The mayor did not hear at the meeting from voices in support of the project.
- November 9th, 2016 - Opponents Meet with DPR - In a private meeting with DPR, opponents asked the them to consider the site behind the McDonalds at Wisconsin and Van Ness.
- October and November, 2016 - Opponents Meet with All At-Large Council Members (or Their Staff) - to express opposition to the project and suggest alternative sites.
- October 29th, 2016 - Opponents Meet with City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson - 25 opponents of the project escorted Council Chair Phil Mendelson around Hearst Park and expressed their dissatisfaction with the current plans. Mendelson told the group that they need to focus their efforts on local leaders like Councilwoman Cheh and the ANC members.
- September 2016 - Opponents Meet with Phil Thomas, Mayor Bowser's Ward 3 Liaison - Opponents of the Project gave a tour of the park to the mayor's representative.
- September 2016 - Opponents Meet With Ward 3 Councilwoman Cheh and Dee Smith, Department of General Services Spearhead for the Project - Opponents met with them privately, shared a powerpoint and discussed their numbers and opposition.
- September 8th, 2016 - Third Community Meeting took place at the Chevy Chase Community Center, located at 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW. Three options for the renovation at Hearst Park were presented, and all included a pool in the design. Those options can be found by clicking here.
- June 21st, 2016 - ANC 3F Monthly Meeting was held at 7:30pm at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Avenue NW. The Hearst project was not on the formal agenda, but there was open question time. Minutes have not yet been posted.
- June 20th, 2016 - ANC 3C Monthly Meeting was held at 7:30pm at the Police Station at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Jackie Stanley of DC DGS introduced the Hearst project team and provided an overview. FOHP was not represented at the meeting. Minutes have not yet been posted.
- June 18th, 2016 - Second Community Meeting was held by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation at 10am on the Hearst Park Outdoor Basketball Court. Both sides were represented in the audience, and the Hearst project team was made aware that a pool at Hearst Park has substantial support in the neighborhood.
- May 10th, 2016 - First Community Meeting held by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, introducing the design firm chosen for the project. FOHP was not notified of the meeting and did not attend. See the city design team's slide presentation here.
ARTICLES AND OTHER MEDIA
June 29th, 2016, Northwest Current - Supporters of the pool publish responses - printed as letters to the editor - to the previous Current article. (Page 9) https://issuu.com/currentnewspapers/docs/nw_06-29-2016/1
June 22nd, 2016, Northwest Current - Another article by the Current that didn't accurately represent the representation at a DPR meeting by the supporters of the project. Nor did it accurately capture the sentiment of the meeting. This particular article drew a sharp response from pool supporters and letters to the editor published subsequently. https://issuu.com/currentnewspapers/docs/nw_06-22-2016/1
May 25th, 2016, Northwest Current - An article skeptical of the project, citing concerns about increased traffic and the potential loss of trees. No mention was made that the leading location candidate in the park would not harm a single tree. Nor was it mentioned that 37th Street (between Sidwell Friends and Hearst Park) is almost entirely empty for the duration of the summer: https://issuu.com/currentnewspapers/docs/gt_05-25-2016/1
May 19th, 2016, Forest Hills Connection an article about the project written by David Dickinson, the ANC 3F01 commissioner: http://www.foresthillsconnection.com/news/hearst-park-and-pool-team-introduced-community-will-be-asked-for-design-ideas/