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


The Palisades Citizens’ Association congratulates Mayor Bowser on her re-election and asks her to prioritize the needs of local public education infrastructure in a letter sent on behalf of the PCA Board of Directors. Click here to read it.


Airplane Noise Updates

To file a noise complaint, click here.

Click here to see Pierre Oury's slides from his recent presentation at the library, A Pilot's Perspective


Unfortunately, the Court did not reach the merits of the case and dismissed the Petition for Review as untimely.  Despite the lack of notice to any elected DC Government Official and the efforts by the FAA to ensure no one in DC was aware of the plan to make the LAZIR route the flight path for all northbound departures, the Court found that two small adds in the Washington Post of the intent to do an EA [Environmental Assessment] of the entire DC Metroplex  and the fact that one had been completed were adequate notice.  The only support for that decision is an old Supreme Court Clean Water case which sanctioned publication as a means of providing notice but did not state that it was sufficient to satisfy NEPA’s [National Environmental Policy Act] requirements that agencies make “diligent efforts to involve the public”.  In this case the FAA made diligent efforts to ensure no one in DC was aware of the new flight path we challenged until it was an accomplished fact.  We need to consider what if any steps we need to consider taking at this point, but pursuing our Administrative Petition with the FAA is one possible alternative to further litigation.  The Opinion is found here

Click here for the latest summary on our involvment in the Fair Skies Coalition.

Click here to listen to the Oral Argument in DC Fair Skies vs FAA that look place in the Federal Court of Appeals on January 11, 2018.

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.

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

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.

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


Carolina Park Update

Updated May 13, 2018

The PCA is supporting the city’s effort to revitalize Carolina Park, located between Macomb Street, Manning Place, Sherier Place and Potomac Ave, NW. The upgrade is being lead by DC Department of General Services (DGS) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) with support from Council Member Mary Cheh.  

In an effort to provide aggregated community guidance, the general membership of the PCA endorsed a "Statement of Principles" regarding the project’s design, implementation and maintenance. The document has been delivered to DPR, DGS and Council Member Cheh. For updates about the Carolina Park revitalization, email Juliana Stein at stein.juliana@gmail.com.


Resolution on Old Hardy Building

Updated September 25, 2017

A June 2017 meeting of the Palisades Citizens’ Association general membership unanimously endorsed a resolution in support of fully considering the old Hardy School building as part of a solution to address the challenge of overcrowding within Ward 3 DCPS elementary schools. This same resolution text was subsequently passed unanimously at a June 2017 meeting of Key Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization. Click here to read the resolution. Click here to read the accompanying letter sent to Ms. Jennie Niles, DC Deputy Mayor for Education and Mr. David Grosso, Chair, Education Committee, DC Council.


Resolution on Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle

Updated September 25, 2017

Click here to read the resolution that will be considered at the October 10th General Membership Meeting.

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!