Michigan Park History Page

One of the most asked questions is, “What are the boundaries of Michigan Park and the Michigan Park Citizens Association?”  The answer reflects the growth of the neighborhood since 1917.  Much of the nuance is captured in our MPCA article of 9/18/2016, “What’s in the Name of Michigan Park?” under the history section of this website, republished here. For this and other articles, please click on “History” on the banner.

What’s in the Name of Michigan Park

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MPCA Minutes 2 April 2019

Michigan Park Citizens Association
2 April 2019
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

The meeting began at 6:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Ralph Bucksell received an email this afternoon from the Mayor’s office asking that her representative from Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) be given time to address the group.  President Bucksell handed out the minutes from March for review. Accepted.

Treasurer Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report into the minutes.

Representative from Councilmember McDuffie, Ogo, addressed the group. She related various events and a flyer was handed out on proposed racial equity legislation.  The legislation is intended to encourage district agencies to create tools to evaluate race equity among the District workforce. The city’s budget process has begun for the coming fiscal year (1 October through 30 September).

Mr. Bucksell noted that use of marijuana is adversely impacting hiring among district residents. Although legal to use under District of Columbia law, some employers, including some DC government agencies, prohibit their employees from using marijuana.  Likewise, most stores and construction businesses note that they require job applicants to be tested for marijuana use.

Mr. Ely S. Ross, Chief of Staff, DPR, arrived and addressed the group.  DPR budget hearing is this Friday, 10 am at the Wilson Building. DPR is visiting all neighborhood associations to address neighbors.  DPR’s budget is increasing by 2-3% to address parks in grants. A new cultural arts department is to be established within DPR.

Mr. Ross offered himself as the new city contact for installation of a water facet in one of our local parks, a long-standing goal of the Association.  Mr. Ross also addressed the new Roving Leader program to assist leaders.  He noted the Mayor’s new initiative and office called, the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).

Mr. Bucksell noted the positive changes in the behavior of students at the Brookland Middle School under new Principal, Mr. Kerry Richardson, Jr.

New deputy chief of staff, Tomas Talamante, for the Mayor’s key investments introduced himself.  The Mayor’s priority is foremost to enable families to stay in the City through affordable housing.  Thirty-five million has been provided to a housing trust fund. An additional 20 million to the workforce housing fund for those public servants looking for affordable housing.

Mr. Bucksell raised the issue of increased business taxes negatively impacting the success of local businesses. These businesses are just as valuable fixtures in our neighborhood as long term residents (retirees, and minorities).  The huge jump in taxes on businesses is causing them to consider going out of business.  The city must also be concerned about retaining these business as they are with our residents.  Members noted their concern about the danger of loosing these local businesses.  We want the heavy businesses taxes to stop. Mr. Bucksell also asked whether the city’s budget is balanced, without dipping into our rainy day accounts.  Like all of us, the city must live within its means but also must not run out people and businesses who have made this city what it is today.

Ms. Joan Thiel agreed to head the election committee for the Association. Mr. Bucksell noted that Providence Hospital will officially close 30 April.  He offered members until that time to submit suggestions for the Associations letter for what has been termed a health care village.

The annual Spring cleanup of the triangle park (12th/Michigan/Shepherd) is Saturday, 13 April 2019, 9am-12noon. The city will deliver a pick-up truck filled with compost.

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MPCA Triangle Parks

Neighbors of Michigan Park Citizens Association completed the Spring cleanup and weeding of the triangle Park (12th/Michigan/Shepherd). Lots of crab grass had crept into the flower bed near the bus stop. And a great many leaves were removed from under the evergreen bushes.

Flower Bed

Additionally, neighbors near the small triangle park of 13th Place/Michigan Avenue/Upshur Street have cleaned out the ground.

1300 Block Michigan Avenue

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MPCA Minutes February 2019

Michigan Park Citizens Association
5 February 2019
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President Ralph Bucksell opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance at 6:31 pm.

The 5A03 Single Member Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) announced that at her upcoming  district meeting on Thursday at Faith United Church in Christ. the following issues would discussed:  (1) Two representatives from Ascension will provide an update for Providence Hospital plans.  (2) EYA were invited to the meeting but will not be participating because of pending lawsuit.  (3) Harry Thomas to provide an update on the McDonalds project on South Dakota Avenue.  (4)  Washington Gas will discuss the problem in the 5A03 neighborhood resulting in loss of gas service.  (5) MPD to address attack of a mail carrier.
Ms. Beulah Sutherland gave the treasurer’s report for the months of December 2018 and January 2019. The Christmas Fund covered all expenses for the 2018 purchases.
Ms. Oqo Aqwai announced Councilman McDuffie’s office wants residents to participate in the budget process.  She related that the Councilman’s office has experienced problems obtaining funding for park water faucet because of DPR leadership changeover. He is now looking at other options to obtain the funding for the faucet rather than the normal budget cycle.
Ms. Robin Pretlow, Director of Operations from Mundo Verde Public Charter School (on Varnum Street) made a presentation.  She is the Development director for the school campus.  The school will open in August 2019 and increase by 85 students per year. A traffic study will be completed and shared with residents.  Mr. Bucksell elaborated on some of the traffic challenges in the neighborhood.  Mr. Bucksell suggested contracting with local parking garage at the metro in addition to their plans to obtain parking at Providence.  He pointed out that Providence might not be willing to provide parking when they begin their redevelopment of their campus.  A discussion ensued about dangerous traffic issues and difficulties resolving the traffic issues by the school’s campus. The school also face challenges finding a recreation area in the school’s vicinity.
Ms. Roxanne Carter obtained gifts of toys and clothes for five children from three families attending Bunker Hill School.  The children were suggested by the school.  Mr. Bucksell expressed gratitude for the outstanding job done by Ms. Carter in providing gifts for the five children within our budget.
The Muller family has offered to host the annual picnic.
Mr. Bucksell expressed concern about some negative effects of the City’s Climate Change Bill.  For example, under the law used cars will be taxed based upon mileage when registered beginning in 2020.  He was concerned that the city had not adequately advertised this change which could have a negative impact on people buying used vehicles (especially the poor).
Mr. Bucksell reviewed the results of December neighborhood traffic issues survey. Among the identified issues were over-weight vehicle, congestion, and speeding.  Mr Bucksell noted in particular that heavy vehicles are undermining the structural integrity of residences.  He also discussed the multiple vehicle crash at 13th & Michigan Avenue.  The police chased two men who assaulted and robbed a victim in Turkey Thicket.
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MPCA Minutes October 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
October 2, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President Ralph Bucksell opened the meeting at 6:36 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Treasurer Beulah Sutherland reported no income or disbursements.

Mr. Brian McClure, representative to Councilmember McDuffie, handed out leaflet advertising the council members meeting next week to discuss the pending closing of Providence Hospital.  Brian also noted that the proposed budget item for the Shepherd Street park is now with the Mayor’s office.

Ms. Elizabeth McGowan, MPCA representative to the Federation of D.C. Citizens Associations, reported on two items.

  1. The Federation’s board approved a two-page letter with recommendations laying out how the DC Council can strengthen the Comprehensive Plan framework.
  2. The city is looking to upgrade hardware for the 5G, the next generation of internet capability.  There are four competitors and various internet providers. The business models vary between building multiple small towers throughout the city and consolidating cell towers atop of established hotels.

Mr. Lorenz Wheatley attended a September 13th meeting involving the National Association of Nurses.  The association favored keeping the hospital open.

Mr. Bucksell provided additional background about the hospital’s financing and services. He noted MPCA’s priority is to provide recommendations and referenced the list provided in the agenda. Members also discussed asking the city, which receives a block grant for medicare and medicaid, how the needy will be served. Mr. Paul Wood moved that the recommendations be included in a letter addressed to Providence Hospital, Ascension, and appropriate city officials.  The motion passed.

Mr. Mahlik Miller introduced himself as the new representative to the mayor, a duty previously held by Lionell Gaines.

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.


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MPCA Minutes September 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
September 3, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President Ralph Bucksell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the last meeting in June, 2018 were read and approved. Treasurer Beulah Sutherland submitted the treasurer’s report.

Upcoming Dates.

  1. Fall Shepard Park Cleanup scheduled November 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Annual Holiday/Christmas Party, exact date and location pending.
  3. January Meeting scheduling for a Saturday Morning to accommodate members who cannot attend weekday meetings.  Date to be announced after a location is confirmed for the meeting.

Review of Assignments

  1. MPCA Sponsors. Joan Theil requests help with putting ads on MPCA webpage for received business donations.
  2. On-Line Payments. Asked for someone to take responsibility to oversee the payment of dues online.
  3. MPCA Web Page.  Looking for someone to lead the webpage redesign (non-members speaking & emails).
  4. Bunker Hill Elementary School. Reconfirm continuation of Christmas program.  Dropped Civic Awards program.
  5. Water Feature Shepherd Park. Paul Wood contacted Councilmember McDuffie’s office for an update.
  6. Howard University Development near Shepherd and 14th Per contact with ANC 5B05 John Feeley, Howard has not finalized any proposals.
  7. Meeting Attendance on-line.  Attendees voted against having MPCA meeting online using Facebook at $350/year.
  8. Family events. No determination

Traffic issues

Concerns that members would like to raise this year to DDOT/the police/the mayor/Ward 5 & At-large council members.  Plan a combined meeting with Mayor, Police, DDOT, McDuffie & other local civic associations.

  1. Use of side streets & alleys by cars and trucks as major though-fares;
  2. Blocking of intersections during rush hours;
  3. Brookland Middle School blocking school driveway forcing parents to use Shepherd Street mornings & afternoons.
  4. Trucks in excess of 11/4 tons driving on streets where they are prohibited;
  5. Various Metro Bus Issues.

Providence Hospital Proposed Health Village

Providence Hospital has been asking neighbors to provide suggestions to help them develop a “health care village”.  Some of the suggestions that have been provided are noted below.  Members are asked to send any additional suggestions to Ralph Bucksell at:  Bucksell@verizon.net

1)  Invite Planet Fitness to install a gym on the PH campus.  They charge $10/month.  Good addition for a wellness center.
2)  Keep open and advertise the hospital cafeteria to provide quality, healthy meals for neighborhood residents.
3)  Have yoga, and other exercise classes (dancing, spinning, fitness, weight watchers) for neighborhood residents.
4)  Provide classes on planning healthy meals.
5)  Have in-wellness center and in-home hospice care.
6)  Provide AA and Addicts Anonymous programs.
7)  Urgent care and non emergency care programs for walk-ins.
8)  Ask Yes or some other grocery chain to establish a presence on the hospital campus.
9)  Have classes on medical issue (advance care directive, trusts, meditation, mental health counseling, sleep classes, shots, etc…)
10) Provide shots for shingle, measles, hepatitis A & B, overseas travel, etc…
11) Provide tutoring programs for elementary, middle, and high school students using students from local high schools, colleges, and retirees.
12) Establish day care programs for children, seniors, and Alzheimer patients.
13) Establish clinics where patients can come in for minor in-and-out surgery (e.g. cataract).
13) Massage & physical therapy programs.
14) Pharmacy services.
15) Training for clergy and families on caring for the sick, death and dying.
16) Set up a volunteer program to provide help for single outpatients who need help with groceries, meds, etc…

Lionell Gaines, the former Mayor Ward 5 representative, announced that he is working for another DC office.  He then introduced the two people who will serve as his replacements (Dominique Chestnut, and Malik Miller).  Both were welcomed to the meeting.

Ogo Aqwai, CM McDuffie’s representative for MPCA, announced that the MPCA request for funding for the Shepherd and 12th Street park water faucet was put in the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.  The funds would probably be available sometime after November 2018.

President Bucksell brought the meeting to a close.



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Medical Professional Openings with Police and Fire Clinic

The Police & Fire Clinic located at 920 Varnum Street NE has a number of positions to be filled ASAP. DC residents are preferred although  applicants from all parts of the metro area are welcome. If interested please respond to provhosp.org – if you know others who might be interested, please spreaad the word.

Medical Assistant Wanted

Radiology Tech Wanted

Practical Nurse Wanted

Physician Wanted

Physician Assistant Wanted

Medical Assistant Wanted


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MPCA Minutes May 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
May 1, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

Ms. Elizabeth McGowan opened the meeting at 6:50 PM. Paul Wood led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

PARK CLEANUP.   The triangle park cleanup at Michgan/12th/Shepherd is scheduled for Saturday, 5 May.  DPW will drop off compost early in the morning and pick up clippings around 5p.m.  Efforts will be focused on wedding of the two flower beds, raking out of the leaves around the evergreens and spreading of the compost.

Ms. Ogo Aqoai of Councilmember McDuffie’s Office noted that a budget meeting was planned for Thursday during which a one-time payment may be obtained for the installation of the water spigot and backflow preventer.  Secretary Paul Wood will forward to Ms. Aqoia information about the request.

TREASURER’S REPORT. Ms. Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report into the minutes.

ELECTIONS.  The following members were nominated as candidates.

President. Ralph Bucksell
First Vice President. Roxanne Carter
Second Vice President. Joan Theil
Secretary. Paul Wood
Treasurer. Beulah Sutherland
Sergeant-at-arms. Katherine Sutherland
Member-at-Large. Lavina Wohlfarth
Member-at-Large. Anne Gribbin
Member-at-Large. Don Looney
Member-at-Large. Karen Bernola

Roxanne Carter made a motion to accept. It was seconded and passed.

Ms. Ogo Aqoai and Mr. Lionell Gaines made various announcements.


The meeting ended just at 8:30p.m.

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National Conservatory of Arts Summer Music Programs

National Conservatory of Arts Summer Music Programs
Offering an award-winning and innovative music curriculum, NCA’s Summer Camps, and Summer Evening Music Programs propel children towards musical literacy and excellence.  We offer piano, guitar, voice, musical theater, and strings summer camps and programs to children from 6 – 14.  We specialize in fun, yet informative music camp experiences.
All 2018 camps will take place at our NW Location (1810 16th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC, 20009).
This Suzuki workshop, which students may register for 1 week or all 4 weeks, encourages beginners to learn a chosen instrument, as well as encourage more experienced music students to fine-tune their playing in a supportive and fun atmosphere. The dedicated faculty helps each student and family reach new musical heights. The workshop is open to pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, string bassists, and flute from the complete beginner/Pre–Twinklers through Suzuki Book 5.
A typical day includes: 
– Semi-private Lesson
– Music and Movement
– Theory
– Group Class
– Chorus
– Master Class
Experienced and Advanced students who already reading music may qualify for our “Symphony” program. This program may require enrollment in both the Suzuki and Orchestra Programs. After morning Suzuki activities, bridge students end their day playing in the orchestra and perform in the camp-wide concert at the end of each weekly session.
Juniors: grades K (age 6) – 3
The general performing and fine arts summer program, for which students may register for 1 week or all 4 weeks, provides you with a rich and diverse experience in the arts.
Students also choose one elective in the following areas:
Dance: ballet class, or hip-hop dance class,
Music:  piano, guitar, or voice
Creative Writing: (pre-reading students) picture book making/draw what you hear, or (reading students) write your own nursery rhymes/poetry & haiku.
Intermediates: grades 4 – 7
If your child would like to explore different art forms as well as music and dance, the intermediate general arts program is a wonderful summer experience. During their time here,  students will learn with children from all over the world who share your love of learning and creativity.
Students can choose from the following electives:
Dance: ballet class, or hip-hop dance class,
Music: piano, guitar, or voice
Art: drawing & painting, or mixed-media art
For more information please visit our summer camps webpage, https://www.nationalconservatoryofarts.org/summermusicprogram/, email Info@NationalConservatoryOfArts.org, or call (202)581-1043 ext. 0.
The Summer Evening Program offers music classes for children ages 4-18. The program includes the following classes: Musical Theater for Grades 1-3, Musical Theater for Grades 4-7, Beginner Piano, Intermediate Piano, Beginner Voice, Adolescent Voice, Guitar, Beginner Violin, and Flute. Most classes meet twice a week. The curriculum follows that of our Fall/Spring school program.
NCA’s musical theater weekly classes for children between 6 and 8 years old, are designed for ALL SKILL LEVELS.
NCA’s musical Theater weekly Classes give students the unique opportunity to work on the three essential disciplines that make up musical theater: singing, acting, and dancing.
National Conservatory of Arts Summer Evening Musical Theater Programs
Instructors include prominent Broadway and opera professional artists, who will provide your child with a superior education in a fun and supportive environment!
The first class will be dedicated to getting acquainted with one another through fun warm-ups and exercises. Roles will be assigned in the second class.
 Ages: 6-8 meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7 pm for 5 weeks from June 25th – July 25th.
Ages: 9-12 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 7 pm for 5 weeks from June 26th – July 26th.
When: (Grades 1-3) Mondays and Wednesdays June 25th, 27th, July 2nd, 6th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th **Final Performance
When: (Grades 4-7) Tuesdays and Thursdays June 26th, 28th, July 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, and 26th **Final Performance
Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
For more information please visit our summer camps webpage, https://www..nationalconservatoryofarts.org/summer-evening-program/, email Info@NationalConservatoryOfArts.org, or call (202)581-1043 ext. 0.
 Payment Plans Available – please call our office at 202.581.1043 ext. 0 or info@NationalConservatoryOfArts.org to set up a payment schedule.


Jacqueline Banks, M. Mus.

Founder and Executive Director
(202)581-1043 Ext. 709
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Park Cleanup 5 May 2018

L to R: Bill and Anne Gribbon, Ralph Bucksell, Elizabeth McGowen, Lionell Gaines, Don Looney, Paul Wood.
And seated are Joan Theil and Sean Williams.

Saturday morning brought a group of neighbors together for the annual Spring cleanup of our neighborhood triangle park, 12th Street/Michigan Avenue/Shepherd Street.  DPW sent small dump truck promptly at 8a.m. to deliver compost, and DPW was equally diligent picking up the bagged debris and tree cuttings at day’s end.

DPW Compost Delivery

DPW Compost Delivery

Efforts focused on the area along the 12th Street bus-stop and the flower bed near Michigan and Shepherd. However, all of the trees received compost. With all of the progress of past years near the formerly overgrown bus-stop, neighbors were able to focus on the evergreen trees and bushes, also toward the corner of Michigan and Shepherd.  Much of the undergrowth was raked out and bagged.

Spreading Compost after DPW Delivery

Park Cleanup 2018


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