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


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.


Renovation Updates

Updated September 24, 2017

Status of the renovation of the Palisades Recreation Center from Brent Sisco, DPR, Landscape Architect:

Interior demolition of the existing facility has been underway for several weeks now.  Exterior work should begin this month including preparatory work in anticipation of the addition of new half gym, fitness room, kitchen area, senior lounge, storage areas and the new overlook terrace on the south side of the facility. The project is on track for Spring 2018 completion (barring any unforeseen conditions or unexpected winter delays).  For more information, please visit the project webpage at:  https://dgs.dc.gov/page/palisades-recreation-center-project

Status of the renovation of the Palisades Library from Archie Williams, DCPL:

The Palisades Library is currently on schedule. Site work began month of August and is continuing with heavy mechanical and electrical equipment being installed during the month of September.   A portion of 49th Street, NW adjacent to the library is scheduled for a street closure beginning on 9/11/17 for waterline extension and it will take approx. 2 weeks.  The Palisade’s Library is scheduled to open during the Winter, 2017. 


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.

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!