Posts Tagged ‘Rock Creek Park’

Coming Soon to Rock Creek Park: Dead Deer

A few months ago, we noted that the National Park Service was reviewing options for reducing the white-tailed deer population in Rock Creek Park. Between 2007 and 2009, park rangers counted 60-80 deer per square mile of the park—compare that to the 1960s, when staff spotted deer only four times.
White-tailed deer love "edge habitat," Rock [...]

The Needle: Wind Us Up One More Time Edition

Chuck Brown Goes Home: Now that's how you throw a funeral, D.C. Thousands of fans packed the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate the life of Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, with music, stories, prayer, and laughs. There were some politicians there making political speeches—in which the city was promised not just a [...]

Deer In Rock Creek Park, Managed

City Paper alum Stephanie Mencimer mentions D.C.'s Rock Creek Park as an aside about how the country's deer population is exploding without any wolves to keep them in check:
Deer have been a blight on suburbia for a while now, munching their way through tract-housing gardens and making some highways extremely dangerous for motorists, as their [...]

The Needle: Beef Futures Edition

Doin' It In The Park: Rock Creek Parkway runs, as its name implies, through Rock Creek Park, which is, of course, a national park. So it might be reasonable to expect that the National Park Service, which manages it, would follow environmental regulations when performing work on the parkway. Reasonable, that is, but apparently not [...]

Chandra Levy Murder Trial: Ingmar Guandique Guilty

During the fourth day of deliberations, Ingmar Guandique was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. The announcement came less than two hours after deliberation resumed Monday.
Guandique originally faced another count of first-degree felony murder for allegedly sexually assaulting Levy in the trial that started Oct. 25.  The kidnapping and [...]

The Friday Limerick Review

Those PETA folks sure are astute
They do more than shout, "cows pollute!"
At noon they will blast
The sound of gas passed
As their 'inconvenient (fake) toot'

Remiss if I do not opine
on all that involves DC9
First charged with assault
Now booze sales may halt
Seems business (and fun) will decline
You talk while you drive in DC?
You dumbass; that comes with [...]

Photo: Friday in the Park

Rock Creek Park, July 2

Park Service Recognizes City Paper for Journalistic Gold

City Paper contributor Franklin Schneider continues to earn raves for his recent cover story, "Panned in D.C.," including this blind item on the National Park Service's web site:
A recent article in the local Washington, DC press documented the activities of several persons who were panning for gold in Rock Creek Park. It is critical that park [...]

Virginia Sex Fiend Convicted of Graphic Assaults

An Annandale, Virginia, man has been found guilty in D.C. Superior Court of an incredibly sadistic series of sexual and physical assaults on a woman, including one that left her disfigured. Carlos W. Escalante, 31, will face up to sixty years in prison. According to court documents, a woman once involved with Escalante endured torture [...]

Should Cyclists Worry About Killing Worms When It Rains?

My morning ride through Rock Creek Park is one of the best parts of my day, and it's even better in the rain, when joggers and other distractions are few and I can ride in a head-clearing Zen state.
But the bike path is covered with squishable threats to this Zen state. Namely, worms, who [...]

Dear Good People of the Omni Shoreham Hotel: Thank You for Shoveling That Part of the Bike Path

Paul Sharp of the Omni Shoreham e-mails about the snowy path I blogged about yesterday. "We'll take care of the path," he writes. "My chief engineer is a rock star." I stopped and spoke with a rock star this morning, who confirmed he'd cleared the path and was doing a little tree care while he [...]

Dear Good People at the Omni Shoreham: Please Shovel This Part of the Bike Path

This trail's functionality is almost certainly not your responsibility, but it's difficult to portage past this stuff, and it was the only weak link on my first ride to work in three weeks. Thank you for your consideration of what many would consider a mitzvah.

Photos: Slippery Slope

Photos: Snow Trek

Snowpocalypse Skiing Conditions: Excellent Kick, Great Glide

Anyone paying to ski today is a sucker. In D.C., the snow is falling at a consistent clip; on the streets it's not too slick, and in many places nicely packed. The only problem? No ski lifts.
So it didn't surprise me to see Washingtonians skiing past my Dupont apartment all day, about two or three [...]