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 annual Egg Hunt and Potluck Breakfast is April 13th at 10:00am, rain or shine at the Palisades Rec Center. Come on out to have some fun. Live Irish music! Free for PCA members; $10 per family for non-members.


The Future of Hardy

Updated February 10, 2019

The future of the old Hardy School building is indeed coming to the fore again.

Whether you are a DCPS family or not, the challenge of public school overcrowding will have a profound impact on the health of this community in the future. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions:

  1. Can school boundaries simply be redrawn? No. It was attempted and failed in 2014, and it will only be harder in the future given enrollment growth since then.
  2. Can Key Elementary handle more students? No. The small physical campus size of Key is a limiting factor – not to mention the burden on neighbors in the area. No additional renovation can resolve those limitations.
  3. Can a new school be built elsewhere? No. The city just completed a master facilities review which identified no suitable sites in Ward 3.  

But there is one solution that will become available in just a few years that is both fiscally responsible and practical – to Keep Old Hardy Public.

 A coalition of community organizations and individuals is forming to ensure our elected officials do not foreclose on this invaluable public asset. This campaign is not recommending or speculating about how DCPS should use the old Hardy School building in the future. The immediate goal is to preserve this option for public use.

The centerpiece of this campaign is a new website – www.kohp.org.

The site includes background on what’s at stake and how to make your voice heard. Please take a moment to review it and to sign up to learn more.

Finally, although this campaign is only just getting started, its supporters are already broad-based. Both the Palisades Citizens Association and Key Elementary PTO have endorsed the goal to Keep Old Hardy Public by unanimous votes. Glover Park Citizens’ Association added their support earlier this week, and other organizations are in process. Our Ward 3 State Board of Education member, Ruth Wattenberg, is a strong supporter, and we hope to add-on the support of additional elected officials soon.

 We all have a role to play on this effort – Public use for public land.


Airplane Noise Updates

Updated February 6, 2019

To file a noise complaint, click here.

To file a noise complaint using a mobile app, 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.


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!