Hearing on B22-292, 346, and 406 – Public Space and Commemorative Work Designations

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 22-292, the “Ann Hughes Hargrove Park Designation Act of 2017”; “Bill 22-346, the “Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017”; and Bill 22-406, the “Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center Designation Act of 2017.” The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 22-292 is to designate the park bounded by Kalorama Road, N.W., 19th Street, N.W., and Columbia Road, N.W., as Ann Hughes Hargrove Park. The stated purpose of Bill 22-346 is to propose that a statue of Charles Hamilton Houston be commissioned; and to amend the Street and Alley Closing and Acquisition Procedures Act of 1982 to include the Council as among those that may sponsor a commemorative work on public space, to require the Commemorative Works Committee to give a priority to applications for commemorative works that are significant to the District’s culture or history and the first priority to such works that honor a woman or individual or a minority who is a native Washingtonian. The stated purpose of Bill 22-406 is to officially designate the Therapeutic Recreation Center located at 3030 G Street, S.E. as the Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or to call Sydney Hawthorne, Legislative Counsel at (202) 724-7130, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any) by close of business October 3, 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on October 3, 2017 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. Copies of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017.