Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

I believe this is this first photo I ever took with my Nikon D70...or the first photo that I took that is still in existence. I'm sure I chose not to retain test pics of a glass of water or my hand.


I lived in DC for over six years, right across the street from this park. Strangely, I went there almost exclusively when I was troubled about something, which wasn't terribly often, or if I was out running and felt the need to do lots of steps. (Normally when I ran, I ran at lunchtime along the Mall and did steps at the Capitol...but that was back before I found yoga.) That said, I do remember one occasion sitting in the grass with a former boyfriend over a game of chess. I hope that I beat the pants off of him.


Most locals call this place Malcolm X Park, although its official name is Meridian Hill Park. For the longest time, I never knew why; turns out some decades ago there was a failed push to officially rename the park after Malcolm X. Every Sunday, from sunup to sundown, from spring through fall, there is a giant drum circle. I assure you it is not some hippie-dippy stoner college guy kind of amusement. People come from all over the nearby neighborhoods to play, observe, dance. It's pretty cool, and I could usually hear it from my apartment.

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  • techno-granny 4y

    I vividly remember this great grand park. I lived in Columbia Heights from the mid-1950's until 1970 and Meridan Hill Park was an extraordinary grand park. There was the beautiful open green space, water falls, fountains and even a lilly pond. It was a delightful place to relax and reflect away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I have longed for another such park as this one used to be. I haven't been there in many years, however the last time I did visit, I was deeply saddened as it did not look the same. I intend to go there in the near future; hopefully it will have been restored to its once grand glory.

    Gwen Southerland
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  • Missy S. 3y

    I know the Dorchester! I had friends who loved there for a time.
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