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 next general membership meeting will be the first Tuesday in October, 2016. The newsletter also takes a break until then. Have a wonderful summer!


FAA Airplane Noise Meeting at Georgetown Library 9/14/16

Updated August 26, 2016

Anyone living in the Palisades has noticed the increased noise from airplanes taking off and landing at National Airport (DCA). Last year, the PCA joined the DC Fair Skies Coalition sponsored by the Georgetown Citizens Association that also involves 23 neighborhoods. In Spring 2015, the FAA implemented changes to aircraft patterns at DCA without conducting a review by DC, MD, or VA government agencies and citizens. The Coalition successfully challenged the FAA's changes and arbitration hearings are scheduled to consider reopening the 2015 changes for public comment (including a noise study).  Coincidently, the FAA has come forward with an alternative routing scheme called LAZIR B.  The FAA is holding a series of community workshops to provide more information about these proposed changes in the takeoff and landing routings at National Airport with affected neighborhoods in DC, MD, and VA to receive comments from citizens.

The Coalition has reviewed the proposed LAZIR B plan and does not support it because it only makes minor changes that will result in no noticeable reduction in noise.  Worse, the proposed changes in take-off patterns will actually result in MORE noise over the Palisades.

Please plan attend the DC hearing at:

Georgetown Neighborhood Library (DC) September 14, 2016

5:30pm – 8:30pm

3260 R St. NW - Washington, DC 20007

(202) 727-0232

Click here to read the FAA factsheet.


It's Time to Make Noise About Airplane Noise!

Updated Ocotber 7, 2015

Do you notice more airplane noise earlier in the morning, later at night, lower over your house and more frequently throughout the day?  It’s not your imagination!  It’s worse due to expanded operations out of Reagan National (DCA) and changes in flight patterns that now send aircraft directly over our neighborhood rather than over the Potomac River.  Now is the time to register a formal complaint and petition to have the flight patterns shifted back over the river and the operations reduced to a reasonable limit.  It only takes a moment and a few clicks. Click here to find out how. The more voices the better, so please spread the word.


Palisades Rec Center Renovation

Updated October 7, 2015

There are upcoming plans to renovate the rec center. Click here to read the project overview. The Palisades Citizens Association conducted a 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.

The PCA Committee that is working with city agencies on plans for the new rec center has created a resolution of draft principles for the new rec center. This resolution was passed at the June 2nd meeting. Click hereto read it.

Click to see the Cover Letter and Historic Landmark Application No. 15-13 for the Palisades Recreation Playground and Field House.


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!