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Park Wars Semifinals: National Arboretum v. Malcolm X Park

Park Wars Semifinals: National Arboretum v. Malcolm X Park

Park Wars Semifinals: National Arboretum v. Malcolm X Park

One is a sprawling destination park on the outskirts of the city; the other a small space, more cement than grass, integrated into the daily life of Adams Morgan. The arboretum is home to Freedom and Liberty, the cutest baby eaglets with the most banal names. Malcolm X Park (officially Meridian Hill Park) is home to a James Buchanan Memorial and a very unflattering statue of Joan of Arc (the only equestrian statue of a woman in DC).

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Meridian Hill Park

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

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US National Arboretum

The National Arboretum boasts 446 acres of plants, and programs like a full-moon hike. Oh, and baby eagles.  3501 New York Ave., NE.

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