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New Public Park in Downtown DC


On July 14, the District opened its first seasonal parklet at 2020 K Street NW with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The semi-permanent parklet, called parKIT will remain open until October. What’s a parklet? It’s a conversion of on-street parking into a mini park, community seating and/or art location. ParKIT is a joint venture between DDOT, District Department of the Environment, global architecture firm Gensler and the Golden Triangle BID (Business Improvement District).

In addition to the fixed planters that help to set the boundaries of the space and provide a required safety buffer between visitors and passing cars, there are a half-dozen movable “modules” to use as seats or tables. Enjoy parKIT with the Golden Triangle BID’s “Making the City” events every Tuesday.

Mayor Bowser and DDOT Launch AlleyPalooza Event


This summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the first-ever AlleyPalooza campaign. The program aims to reconstruct and repair alleys in all eight wards across the city.

DDOT and Mayor Bowser are working to provide construction, improvement and repairs to 64 alleys, eight per Ward, within an eight week timeframe.

DDOT is committed to improving the condition, functionality, safety and accessibility of the neighborhoods' alley network. Well-maintained alleys provide convenient access points to buildings, garages, garbage pick-up and loading docks.

Want to request an alley repair? Learn more about Alleypalooza here:

National Building Museum Opens Indoor Ocean


Getting to “the beach” is just a short Metro ride away. The BEACH is an interactive installation that brings a classic summer experience to downtown DC. The National Building Museum worked on the 10,000 square foot project, to complement its annual Summer Block Party lineup.

The BEACH has an “ocean” of recyclable, translucent plastic balls, a shoreline of lounge chairs and a nearby snack bar. Get a behind-the-scenes look at construction with this time-lapse.

National Building Museum: The BEACH Time-Lapse

It’s easy to get to the BEACH by Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrorail or bus. For directions, click here.

This special installation is open until September 7. For more details and ticket prices,visit:

Lights, Camera, Action!

One of the best ways to enjoy summers in the city is going to the movies; even better when they’re free and outside! Luckily, DC has many great outdoor movie spots accessible by different transit options. With wonderful off-street paths, on-street bike lanes and Capital Bikeshare stations, it’s easy to ditch the four wheels for two and roll on over to an outdoor movie screening.

Check out a list of some of the outdoor films happening around the District. If you decide that riding your bike isn’t ideal, you can always take your bike on a bus (Circulator and Metrobus) or Metrorail for one leg of the trip – or you can use Capital Bikeshare for one-way trips. Here is just a short list of places to catch a flick around the District that are easily accessible to public transportation.

Screen on the Green – National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets NW: Mondays; July 20 through August 10

Georgetown Sunset Cinema on the Waterfront—Intersection of K/Water Street and Cecil Place NW: Tuesdays; July 7 through August 4

Golden Cinema — Farragut Park (Connecticut and K Street NW): Fridays through July 31

Films at the Stone — Lawn next to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (1964 Independence Avenue SW): July 16 and August 27

NoMa Summer Screen – Storey Park (1005 First Street NE): Wednesdays through August 12 (with a rain date August 19)

Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies – Canal Park (200 M Street SE):Thursdays through September 3
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