June 14, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

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Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Eckington Day (Dana Samuels, Ben Colbert)
    • Save the Date: Saturday October 2, 2021 at Tanner Park
    • What we’re working on: fun activities for all ages in the park, music, and more!
    • Discussion of and vote on allocating up to $2,500 of ECA funds to cover Eckington Day costs (some of which may be recouped from donations, fees for exhibitors)
  • Discussion of and vote on proposed ECA Comments re: DDOT’s 65% plan for Dave Thomas Circle 
  • Discussion of and vote on proposed joint Eckington and Bloomingdale Civic Association letter regarding study of North Capitol Street.
    • Many thanks to Eckington Parks & Arts’s Mark Galvan for his efforts to coordinate the ECA, BCA, and the Deckover Steering Committee.  
    • The Mayor’s budget includes $1 million for a study of North Capitol Street, including the feasibility of the deckover and other options for improving the corridor from Michigan Ave. to Mass Ave.
    • Note: we’re working with the deckover team on a special joint meeting (details & timing TBD)
  • Quick updates:
    • With your help, we succeeded in restoring one of two amendments to the comprehensive plan
    • In 2020, we requested funds to improve Harry Thomas Recreation Center. In this year’s proposed budget, Mayor Bowser allocated $19 million in DC’s Capital Improvements Plan in fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to modernize the facility.
    • This year, with the help of several partners, including Langley Elementary PTO, Eckington Parks, Ward 5 for All, and ANC 5E, we advocated for funds for a DC public library to serve Eckington, Edgewood, and Stronghold. In this year’s proposed budget, Mayor Bowser allocated $24 million for a neighborhood library to serve our communities (again, the money is allocated in FYs 2024-25).
    • The budget also contains significant investments in violence interruption programs, the subject of a letter the ECA transmitted this Spring to Mayor Bowser. It is not yet clear where the city will choose to expand violence interruption programs. 
    • We are planning to move ECA officer elections to November, a month in which our meetings have typically had higher attendance than December. We’ll use the last meeting of the year in December for a look back at the year’s achievements, set some goals for 2022, and have a party.
    • We anticipate returning to in-person meetings in September (but will hope to have a virtual participation option).
    • Eckington’s nonprofit community bike shop, GearinUp, is looking for a new home. We are trying to assist. Please consider donating to help them with their move

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Saturday, June 19: community cleanup with Eckington Parks & Arts
  • Thursday, June 24: Third Eckington Day Planning Meeting
  • Monday, July 12: Next ECA Meeting
  • The ECA will not be meeting in August
  • Monday, Nov. 8: ECA meeting including ECA officer elections for 2022
  • Monday, Dec. 13: End-of-year celebration

A PDF of the agenda is available here.