Welcome to the Palisades

The Palisades area is located in Northwest Washington along the Potomac River, between Key Bridge and Chain Bridge. Hugging the Potomac River with its high bluffs and breathtaking sunsets, the Palisades is a treasure of green spaces in the nation's capital.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our area is laced with winding parks where dappled light filters through canopies of old trees. It's filled with quiet streets and dotted with houses all of varying styles, from a loving home originally built as a late 19th century dance hall to detailed Victorian designs to the more modern homes.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Ask anyone why we consider this a small town in a big city and you're likely to get the same answer: the people who live here. They are some of the friendliest in Washington.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We're an eclectic mix of all ages and sizes, lots of families (and pets) and folks with wide-ranging interests and incomes. But we all care about our community and give a lot to make it special.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Whether it's maintaining flower beds in the median lining MacArthur Boulevard, rebuilding the children's playground and landscaping at our local Recreation Center, or creating our own tax-exempt fund to support community projects, this is definitely a community of doers.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our annual July 4 parade, sponsored by local businesses and Palisades t-shirt sales, is a DC tradition after more than 45 years.
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Welcome to the Palisades

And increasingly, we're becoming the choice location for a growing number of educational institutions, including our outstanding public Key Elementary School. Our merchants are friendly and our restaurants include some of the best in the city.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We are fortunate to call the Palisades our home -- close to the vibrancy of the city yet surrounded by beautiful nature.

Community Announcements


Kent Corner Traffic Study

Updated May 24, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17th, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) briefed members of the community on the results of its study of traffic problems in what it calls the “Kent Corner” area — the area near the intersection of Loughboro Road and Dalecarlia Parkway that includes Palisade Lane, Watson Street, and Manning Place.  This neighborhood has had a serious problem for several years of “cut-through” traffic — cars traveling between Dalecarlia Parkway and MacArthur Blvd. that avoid the traffic back-up near the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and Loughboro Road by cutting through the neighborhood on Palisade Lane and either Watson Street or Manning Place.  The DDOT staff — Emily Dalphy and Leon Anderson — outlined the concerns that had been raised by people in the neighborhood and reported on the traffic volumes and traffic speeds they had measured.  The DDOT staff laid out several possible solutions to the cut-through problem, including changes in signal timing on Loughboro Road to prevent back-ups there; traffic slowing measures (including a neighborhood slow zone to reduce speed limits to 15 or 20 mph, four-way stop signs, and speed bumps); and traffic diversions at the intersections of Palisade Lane and Watson St. and at Palisade Lane and Manning Place to prevent vehicles from using the most direct cut-through route.  The DDOT staff did not recommend signs that would prohibit through traffic on certain routes during rush hour, on the grounds that these signs had not been shown to be effective in other neighborhoods.  There was strong support from neighborhood residents for the “No Thru Traffic” signs, as well as for the proposals to slow traffic.  There was less support for the traffic diversions.  The summary of the DDOT study is available at http://bit.ly/2qtsfvR.  DDOT will try to assess the views of neighborhood residents over the next month or so.  Please send your comments, including which measures you support and which ones you do not support, to Emily Dalphy at emily.dalphy@dc.gov, and copy Jack Wells, the chair of PCA’s Transportation Committee, at jackwells1@mac.com.


Airplane Noise Updates

Updated September 17, 2017

New report says noise complaints are up at National, Dulles airports. Click here to read the recent The Washington Post article.

Neighborhood associations file reply brief. The Reply Brief lambasts the FAA over increased aircraft noise created by the new northern departure flight path.Click here to read it.

Click here to read the latest on our involvment in the Fair Skies Coalition.

Click here to read about the brief filed to challenge disruptive new aircraft noise created by the FAA’s  new northern departure flight path. The brief filed represents many weeks of working through the record to find the holes in the FAA’s argument.  Fair Skies then had to prepare motions to expand the record to include materials it wanted included,  create statutory addendums to the brief required by the Court, and provide case and record citations for its arguments-all of which took many hours of his time.

 The next step in the process is for the FAA to file its response to our brief on February 22 and for us to file a reply on March 8.  Predictable those dates will slide by several weeks.  The appellate litigation is a marathon not a sprint and the Coalition will be lucky to have its oral argument scheduled before summer. Click here to read the opening brief.

Check out this story on jet noise that aired on WAMU in October 2016.

Use the FAA's web application to identify aircraft causing excessive noise and file complaints with the FAA.


Palisades Rec Center Renovation

Updated December 13, 2016

The Historic Preservation Review Board considered the proposal for renovating and expanding the Palisades Rec Center building at their December 1 meeting. The summary of the meeting notes:

 “The Board approved the concept for this addition as compatible in mass, scale, materials, orientation, setback, and height and delegated final review to staff. Vote: 5-0.”

The meetings are videotaped and the video is available at the Office of Planning website at: http://planning.dc.gov/node/905322 . If you are interested in this project we highly recommend watching the video, a detailed explanation of the project is given along with renderings and maps. We were somewhat lukewarm on this project but after watching the video we feel much better about it. 

The interior renovation will begin in May 2017. The exterior work will begin after July 4th. The project will be completed in March 2018.

Glen Echo Trolley Right-of-Way

Updated September 17, 2015

The Palisades Citizens Association Trails Committee recently received a grant from the PCA Community Fund to conduct a visualization study to see what surfaces might be appropriate for nonmotorized access to the park from Galena Place to Chain Bridge Road. The committee recommends crushed gravel.

Click here to read the final visualization study.

Click here to read the Principles for Enhancing Non-Motorized Access to the Palisades Recreation Center

Click here to see the summary of the March 2015 Trail Enhancement Survey.

Click here to watch a youtube video of the entire trail.

Click here to see a map of the trail.

Click here to see pictures of the trail.

Click here to see photos of Foundry Bridge.

Click here for all the minutes from each committee meeting.


Palisades Farmers Market

The Palisades Farmers market is thriving! Please visit on Sundays, 9:00 - 1:00pm on 48th Place. It's open all year round. Visit their website for more details! Check out this short promotional video by Chelsey Gabrielson.

Hillcrest Neighborhood

Find out what is new in the Palisades’ sister neighborhood, Hillcrest!