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Park Wars: The Quarterfinals, Malcolm X v. Theodore Roosevelt Park

Park Wars: The Quarterfinals, Malcolm X v. Theodore Roosevelt Park

Park Wars Quarterfinals: Malcolm X v. Theodore Roosevelt Park

We’ve watched early favorites steamroll their foes (like the indomitable Burke Lake Park) and we’ve seen one-time giants fall from grace (pour one out for Hains Point, raise one up for Clemyjontri–our Cinderella in the making). It’s the fourth and final day of quarterfinals competition; the sky is gray, the pavement’s wet, and the air is rife with the feeling that anything could happen.

Today we feature a head-to-head between two of the city’s finest: the Sunday mecca known as Malcolm X Park d/b/a Meridian Hill Park and Theodore Roosevelt, that leafy island with a statue of the 26th president mid-high-five at its heart. And oh yeah, they both have 4-and-a-half stars on Yelp.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

A sanctuary in the Potomac with a statue of Teddy. Entrance off northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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Meridian Hill Park

Also called Malcolm X Park, it’s known for its Sunday drum circle and 13-basin fountain. Between 15th and 16th and W and Euclid streets, NW.

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Contributing Editor

Amanda joined Washingtonian in January 2016. She has written about Maryland brewery Flying Dog’s First Amendment fight, pored over Hillary Clinton’s emails, and come clean about owning too much stuff. She lives on H Street. She can be reached at [email protected]