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

Glen Echo Trolley Right-of-Way

Updated February 26, 2014

Discussion is underway about upgrading the old Glen Echo Trolley right-of-way. The part of the trail under discussion is from Georgetown University to Galena Place. The resolution presented at the December 3rd general membership meeting was tabled. A study group was formed to explore options and gather opinions.

Your PCA is organizing a “tour” of the old Glen Echo trolley right-of-way on Saturday, April 5th at 10 AM, and Sunday, May 4 at 1PM.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the March and April PCA meetings.  You can also email Anne Ourand at palisadesdc@hotmail.com letting her know which walk you plan to attend. Signs-ups are encouraged but not mandatory. Please spread the word – the more the merrier! This is your chance to experience the beautiful trail first hand.

The tour will start where the right-of-way crosses Foxhall Road, just below the intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Foxhall Road. A bus (compliments of The Lab School) will leave from the Palisades Recreation Center parking lot on both days.   Be at the parking lot at 9:30 AM on April 5 and at 12:30 PM on May 4.  You can also meet us where the tour will start, at Foxhall Road.  The walk along the right-of-way back to the Recreation Center is less than 2 miles, and in a few places will require a bit of scrambling (e.g. crossing Clark Place, Reservoir Road, and Battery Kemble).  It may also be quite muddy in places depending on recent rain fall.

Click here to watch a youtube video of the trail.

Click here to see a map of the trail.

Click here to see photos of Foundry Bridge.

Click here to read the proposed resolution in support of the conversion.

Click here to read a letter of support from the DC Preservation League.

Click here to read a letter of support from Jim Brown of Rails to Trails.

Canal Stewards Program

Updated March 25, 2014

The Palisades Citizens Association is part of the Canal Stewards Program sponored by the National Park Service. We have adopted and promise to maintain the access trails to the Capital Crescent Trail at Norton St. NW and Manning Pl NW. For more information and to find out how you can help, click here.

Calling All Volunteers!

The PCA/Canal & CCT Stewards are organizing an “anti-invasives” work day in conjunction with the National Park Service and the District Department of Environmental Services on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9 AM until noon.  The hope is to have several teams working to eradicate/cut invasive species along the two access trails from our neighborhood to the Capital Crescent Trail, one at Norton Street, the other at the Manning Street steps, and—time permitting—along the CCT between those two points.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Jack Koczela at jack@koczela.net.  He needs your name, email, and phone number in order to ensure that the proper number of supervisors and equipment are available.  Thank you!

Safeway Update

Updated March 10, 2014

Safeway representatives continue to revise their proposal and think that they will be able to share their new plans as early as April. They confirmed that they plan to present a new proposal to the community when it is completed.  The PCA has agreed to host a special meeting dedicated to discussing their revisions when Safeway is ready.

The PCA has retained DC zoning attorney Marty Sullivan to help us prepare for Safeway's planned unit development application to the city.  In December, we also secured the help of transportation consultants Symmetra Design, who are in the process of  conducting an independent analysis of traffic, parking, and in the months to come, Safeway's zoning application. 

To see a summary of their presentation to the November 5 PCA general membership meeting, click here.

Click here to see 18 slides depicting what Safeway is proposing.

To view the results of the Benefit and Amenities Committee's community survey, click here.

For more information on Safeway's plans and the PCA's involvement, click here.

To read the minutes from the September Task Force meeting, click here.

To read the summary from the Architecture Committe, click here.

To see Safeway's own website, click here.

To see the resolution adopted by the PCA's Safeway Task Force in June 2013, click here.

To see measurements of building heights in the area surrounding the MacArthur Safeway, 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!