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


Palisades Rec Center Survey Now Complete

Updated March 25, 2015

There are upcoming plans to renovate the rec center. The Palisades Citizens Association conducted a recent survey to poll the community on what they would like to see (or not see) in the plans. Thanks to everyone who took it. We had a great response -- 449 respondents. Click here to see the summary findings.Click here to see pictures of the rec center.


PCF Community Fund Spring Grant Round Fast Approaching

Updated March 27, 2015

The PCA Community Fund (PCF) is currently calling for grant proposals to review at its spring meeting.  Proposals must be postmarked or submitted electronically by April 30, 2015. Click here for more information.


2015 Palisades July 4th Parade T-shirt Contest

Updated March 27, 2015

Every year the Palisades Citizens Association sells t-shirts to help raise money to pay for July 4th parade and picnic expenses. The t-shirt is designed by a Palisades resident. Why don’t you try your hand at creating a design?

Contest Rules:

  1. Maximum of four colors
  2. Submit design on 8- ½” x 11” white paper
  3. Must be a Palisades resident (open to kids and adults)
  4. Please include 2015 and the word PALISADES, DC
  5. Please include name, email and phone number on the back.

Please mail designs to the Palisades Citizens Association, PO Box 40603, Washington, DC 20016 or drop off at Maria Garcia’s house: 2339 King Pl NW.

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Questions?  Call The Palisades Citizens Association at 363-7441.


Safeway Update

Updated January 28, 2015

The Palisades Safeway Task Force has been told informally by Safeway representatives and others involved in the project that the whole project is on hiatus for the immediate future.

We have been cautioned that while Safeway may reconsider re-development in the future, the sale of the property to a developer was cancelled and that we should expect to see the property and grocery store exactly as it is currently operating for the immediate future.

None of this has officially been confirmed by Safeway and instead has been communicated off the record and through third parties.  Reasons cited for shelving MacArthur Safeway re-development include:

-- For some reason bids submitted for the property in response to Safeway’s September 2014 tender were rejected and the sale was shelved;

-- The acquisition of Safeway stores by Cerberus Capital, scheduled to take place the end of December 2014, has not been completed;

-- Basic decisions on how the new Safeway will operate still have yet to be made, including whether it will retain its real estate arm.; and

-- Cerberus reportedly does not need to create as much cash to pay off shareholders as part of the acquisition itself as had been thought.  Last week it announced the sale of 168 Safeway and Albertsons stores west of the Mississippi; this sale appears to have diminished the need to sell assets in Safeway’s Eastern District.

Glen Echo Trolley Right-of-Way

Updated March 6, 2015

The Palisades Citizens Association Trails Committee has concluded our report on the Trolley Trail Survey results. Thank you to the 800+ people who took part in this survey!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brett Young

There are two documents about the survey posted here:

Click here to see the raw data in an Excel file.

Click here to see the summary of the survey with the Palisades and Foxhall Village

Click here to watch a youtube video of the 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 the notes from the February 13, 2014 meeting.

Click here for notes from the May 7, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the June 23, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the August 5, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the September 17, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the November 20, 2014 meeting.

Click Here for the notes from the January 29, 2015 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!