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Adams Morgan Pocket Park Gets Constant Care by Neighbors Who Attend to the Plants and Ensure Area Free of Litter

Thanks to the efforts of Adams Morgan Main Street which “adopted” the small public space two years ago in front of the 7-Eleven store at the corner of 19th Street and Wyoming Avenue, it has now been even further enhanced by ongoing volunteer work to maintain it as a welcome oasis on the south side of Columbia Road across from Kalorama Park.

Featured are new plantings, a rose arbor, bike racks, and divided benches. All had originally been made possible by cash donations received from members of the community and volunteer labor and in-kind services, including generous support from ANC 1C, residents of the Promenade and the Altamont apartments, The Lenkin Company, the Adams Investment Group, among others.Prior to the time in 2007 when Adams Morgan Main Street took on the project to create an attractive and welcoming pocket park, the city-owned but never maintained, dreary triangular space was filled with rat-infested bushes. The first task at the time was to remove those bushes, dig out the rat harborages, till down deep enough to scour out the underground burrows.

In 2007, as a result of legislation that had been introduced by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, the park was renamed Llorente Park in recognition and honor of the work of Carolyn Llorente, an Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and hardworking community volunteer who had suddenly passed away the previous year. The park is directly across 19th Street from the Promenade Apartments where she had resided for many years.