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


Upcoming Town Hall via ZOOM: Tuesday, October 6th, 7:30pm

We will be voting on the fiscal year 2021 budget.Click here to review.


Congratulations to the 2020-2021 PCA Board of Directors

President; Tricia Duncan

1st Vice Presdient: Nick Keenan

2nd Vice President: Jeremy Stanton

Treasurer: Ken Buckley

Secretary: Mary Ann Floto


After Four Years, Canal Road Study Now Available

Updated February 18, 2020

Complaints about various aspects of Canal Road are a common theme on Palisades list serve and our everyday conversations. Justifiably so. The road suffers from poor drainage, unsafe sightlines, periodically falling boulders, and truly terrible traffic patterns at Fletchers Boathouse and at the Georgetown/Whitehurst approach.

Given this vexing reality we all face, you may be surprised to learn that the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted a comprehensive multi-year study of Canal Road without ever publishing the results – seemingly for the sole reason that the organizer of the study at DDOT retired just as the report was finalized in 2016.

With the assistance of Councilmember Cheh’s office, the results of the Canal Road Study have finally come to light – nearly four years after its completion. The full document is online, and it is worthy of our attention.

For those of you who followed the study process during the first half of the 2010’s, the “headline fear” in our neighborhood was DDOT’s consideration of supersizing Canal Road into a 3- or 4-lane highway with toll collection and grade separation. There was a concept for a flyover on-ramp at the bottom of Arizona Avenue and even talk of a far-fetched new entrance to Canal Road from Norton Street to provide a more direct connection for Dalecarlia drivers.

In reality, none of the more exotic ideas made it into the final study. Instead, the report details a series of (what I consider to be) pragmatic recommendations that could substantially improve the conditions of Canal Road for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – without changing its essential character.

It’s worth reading the study (or at least the executive summary) closely. The study affirms that Canal Road is not up to Federal or District road standards and that there are multiple “serious safety concerns.” I’ll attempt to summarize the more impactful recommendations in plain English:


  • Upgrade traffic signals, signage, lighting and road markings
  • Address roadway drainage issues and stabilize the rockfaces most adjacent to the road
  • Modify the orientation of the road to improve sightlines and overall visibility
  • Add shoulders and/or emergency turnouts west of Foxhall Road
  • Create an access ramp from Arizona Avenue to Canal Road (heading towards Georgetown), which would allow Palisades residents (and other drivers) to have unimpeded access to Canal Road at all hours
  • Reorient the bottom of Reservoir Road to form a 90-degree intersection at Fletcher’s Boathouse
  • Expand the entrance to Canal Road (heading west) from the Foxhall Road intersection with a third lane that will end in a merge to the existing two lanes
  • Add a dedicated lane to Whitehurst Freeway that is cantilevered over the C&O Canal
  • Allow for alternating rush hour expansion lanes between Foxhall Road and Georgetown (within the existing four lanes)
  • Add a safety barrier (guardrail) and add Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) features


  • Add a pedestrian bridge over Canal Road at Fletcher’s Boathouse
  • Add sidewalk and bicycle lanes between Arizona Avenue and Chain Bridge
  • Upgrade the existing tunnel located east of Foxhall to the Capital Crescent Trail
  • Upgrade the existing stairway access to Capital Crescent Trail at Whitehurst Freeway
  • Provide a protected pedestrian and cyclist path along the north side of Canal Road between Foxhall Road and Whitehurst Freeway

The Canal Road Study opens many possibilities to improve the functioning of this transportation corridor, and potentially even reduce the strain on Macarthur Boulevard as a result. Some of the proposed changes could be easily implemented. Other proposed changes will involve environmental and historic preservation disruptions. Either way, DDOT’s study deserves proper attention and consideration, and I hope that by making the study public that we as the Palisades community can help reignite a conversation about Canal Road’s future. 


Airplane Noise

Updated February 29, 2020

To learn about potential noise reduction from FAA proposed changes to aircraft flight paths, click here.

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


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!