What's in a Name?

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Nameless green DPR sign that just says "Park"

Mayor Bowser has created the DC Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group to study the named assets in DC on a citywide level to identify names where the individual whom the asset is named after contributed to the oppression of communities of color and systemic racism. This working group will issue recommendations to Mayor Bowser in the fall and is looking at the following buckets of assets:

  • District-owned streets
  • District-owned buildings
  • District-owned parks
  • Statues in District-owned parks
  • Other named public spaces

Take the Mayor's survey now to ensure your voice is heard in this larger District-wide process!

While this group will be researching and assessing named DPR sites, we know that there are a lot of DPR sites that also have no name, especially many of our small parks. Many of these are referred to in our inventory by simply the Reservation number of the land or the intersection on which the park resides. DPR wants to use this opportunity and this moment in time to change that. We want to hear your ideas on new names for these spaces. If there is a park in your neighborhood, or anywhere in the city, where you think you have a better name than a simple geographic marker, let us know by using the tools below.

Mayor Bowser has created the DC Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group to study the named assets in DC on a citywide level to identify names where the individual whom the asset is named after contributed to the oppression of communities of color and systemic racism. This working group will issue recommendations to Mayor Bowser in the fall and is looking at the following buckets of assets:

  • District-owned streets
  • District-owned buildings
  • District-owned parks
  • Statues in District-owned parks
  • Other named public spaces

Take the Mayor's survey now to ensure your voice is heard in this larger District-wide process!

While this group will be researching and assessing named DPR sites, we know that there are a lot of DPR sites that also have no name, especially many of our small parks. Many of these are referred to in our inventory by simply the Reservation number of the land or the intersection on which the park resides. DPR wants to use this opportunity and this moment in time to change that. We want to hear your ideas on new names for these spaces. If there is a park in your neighborhood, or anywhere in the city, where you think you have a better name than a simple geographic marker, let us know by using the tools below.

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DPR Sites - Named and Unnamed

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Please use this map to identify different DPR sites with and without a name and leave feedback on any of the items below by dragging the appropriate pin onto the map. Use the comments box to provide context to your pin and feel free to upload a photo of the space. Green sites have existing official names, orange sites do not. 

  • Names you would like to see changed
  • New names you would like to see adopted for unnamed or renamed sites
  • Existing monuments and commemorative works such as plaques, benches, trees
  • Suggested sites for new monuments and commemorative works

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