Re: Starburst Plaza
- Here's hoping that Matt Ashburn's diligent efforts to get the city to turn on the fountain in the park comes to fruition as well!
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> Thanks to all of you that assisted in the beautification efforts at Starburst Plaza. Fifth District Sergeants Duncan Bedlion and Joseph Stimmell, who are assigned to day watch, will be our points of contact for education and enforcement efforts concerning the consumption of alcohol and any other violations of the DC Code in and around Starburst Plaza . They will also focus on all quality of life concerns that they observe or that is brought forth by active, involved and committed citizens like yourselves.
> We look forward to being an active partner in the beautification efforts in and around Starburst Plaza and other parks and common areas throughout the Fifth Police District.
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> Subject: [MPD-5D] Starburst Plaza
> I am pleased to report that Commissioner Blacknell, "Toppie" Egwuronu, Kevin Cox and several other neighbors and I cleaned the Starburst Plaza last night. I offer a special thanks to Officers Slopac, Prade and another PSA 507 officer for ensuring our cleaning assignment was executed without incident. We removed four large trash bags filled with beer cans, alcohol bottles and food trash, a recycling bin overflowing with beer cans and plastic alcohol bottles, a Safeway cart and several milk crates used as seating. A diligent DPW employee was on hand to remove all of the debris we collected.
> We will visit the site again to plant flowers in the tree boxes in preparation for National Night Out on August 6th. So many beer and liquor bottles indicate that individuals are consuming large amounts of alcohol in public over an extended period of time. Consuming alcohol in public is unlawful. Captain Wright, Officer Prade and his colleagues are doing a fine job of preventing public drunkenness and consuming alcohol at the Starburst during the evening tour. We are requesting immediate attention to this site during the day. No persons should be allowed to sit in this lovely public venue and consume alcohol all day. We fought hard to create this space for law-abiding neighbors to enjoy, underscoring peace, order, quiet and cleanliness and public safety. We will not allow the space to be commandeered by alcoholics.
> Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.
> Commissioner Kathy Henderson, 5D05
- I am pleased to report that the Starburst Plaza remains clean and the usual persons hanging out there are watering the plants regularly. I am glad they are cooperating as I have asked them to and they do not appear to be draining our police resources. The goal is to make this lovely space a true community asset for everyone. We will continue to add plantings to make the space even more enjoyable. If anyone wishes to donate mums or lavender for planting here please let me know. Ideally, perennials planted here will thrive with minimum care once they mature.Again, I appreciate everyone that has taken the time to contribute efforts to clean and plant the space.Kathy Henderson, 5D05