Cobb Park Reactivation Details Shared at Recent Community Meeting

Wednesday February 5, 2020

On Thursday, January 30, approximately 100 residents, stakeholders and friends of Mount Vernon Triangle filled the basement of Mount Carmel Baptist Church for a community meeting to discuss the phase one reactivation of Cobb Park. Led by MVT CID’s partners at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS), the meeting provided attendees with an overview of the process, timeline and plan for allocating funding that is currently available to best maximize Cobb Park’s overall benefit to the community. DPR will incorporate the feedback received into its plans and designs for Cobb Park, which it plans to present to the community for further reaction and feedback in April 2020.

Last Thursday’s meeting occurred exactly two years since dozens of community members shared ideas on where and how to activate Mount Vernon Triangle open space at our Public Meeting & Planning Workshop—an important community engagement effort that informed much of the information contained in the MVT Open Space Study. It was in the MVT Open Study that Cobb Park – created as an open space parcel 40 years ago as a result of the I-395 Center Leg Freeway extension and used most recently as a construction staging area for the Capitol Crossing project – was identified as a galvanizing, catalytic and imminently achievable proposal for bold “re-imagination” into an iconic open and artistic space, destination and gateway into Mount Vernon Triangle and downtown DC. What’s more, Cobb Park’s presence and recognition as open space for more than 40 years, combined with capital funding already in the city’s budget specifically intended for the site, best positions this city-owned parcel for immediate near-term use.

Please stay tuned for further details regarding this effort including the date of the next community meeting! For more information regarding this effort, visit the Related Links below or email

Related Links:
DPR Meeting Presentation, January 30, 2020
MVT CID Presentation, January 30, 2020
DGS Cobb Park Project Website
MVT CID Update on Parks & Open Space, March 4, 2019
MVT Open Space Study (.pdf)