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

 

PCA Passes Resolution Supporting Two Arizona Ave. Pedestrain Ramps

Updated December 9, 2019

On December 3, 2019, a general meeting of the Palisades Citizens Association unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the inclusion of ramps to Sherier Place at either end of the new Arizona Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

Meeting attendees vocalized strong concerns about the danger of crossing lower Arizona Avenue given its challenging slope, shape and speed. Although enhanced safety features on the physical road are welcomed, the only truly safe way for children and adults to cross is via the pedestrian bridge itself – and ramps on either end of the bridge will encourage its usage.

The idea of adding an eastern ramp to the Arizona Avenue Pedestrian Bridge was first requested in 2016 by the Palisades Recreation Center “Site Improvement Team” in order to encourage a new access point to the park. That logic of that idea continues to have merit, and the need for an eastern ramp will become even more apparent once a connection to the Capital Crescent Trail is established at the bottom of Arizona Avenue.

An eastern ramp was part of DDOT’s initial scope of work for the Arizona Avenue Pedestrian Bridge replacement, and the community that will benefit from it most strongly encourages DDOT to retain it in the final design. This new ramp will advance the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment, and we are keenly aware that there will be no opportunity to correct its potential omission after the new pedestrian bridge is in place.

 

PCA Passes Resolution on Jelleff Recreation Center's Athletic Field

Updated November 11, 2019

Click here to read the resolution that was passed by a majority vote of the Palisades Citizens’ Association general membership on November 5, 2019.

 

Trammell Crow Company Update

Updated November 11, 2019

At the October 2019 Town Hall, TCC presented maps and concept drawings for two potential approaches for the site – both with a senior living center at the core. The first is a “by right approach,” which is what TCC claims it can do within the existing zoning laws. The second is a “Zoning Commission approach” which is what TCC would like to do if they can secure zoning changes.  In this approach, the City's Zoning Commission would consider zoning flexibility in exchange for benefits and amenities to the community – which should be roughly equal to the value of the zoning relief. This would be accomplished through a "Planned Unit Development" (PUD) process. The Commission can grant zoning relief if it believes the proposed project will allow for something better for the surrounding neighborhood or city.Click here to see the presentation slides.


Click here to see the document that was endorsed by a public meeting of the Palisades Citizens Associaiton on November 5, 2019.

 

Airplane Noise

Updated May 20, 2019

To file a noise complaint, click here.

To file a noise complaint using a mobile app, click here.

To learn more about the Airnoise Button, click here.

To read DC releases aircraft noise study showing adverse impacts - Click here

To read Detrimental effect of aircraft noise on student learning - Click here

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

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

 

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!