The Friends of Chevy Chase Circle group is to be commended for matching the funds dribbled out by the National Park Service; however, I don’t believe they should proceed as outlined in The Current’s Aug. 9 article “Northwest parks secure centennial grant funds.” Rather, we would all be better served if the combined cash were used to raise the estimated $500,000 needed to repair the fountain.
When the fountain works, there will be reason to brave traffic to sit on the benches.
Fountain first; then roadwork, including a special light to enable safe crossing; then benches. Not the other way around.
There are several developers and large property owners operating near the District-Maryland line to whom the cost of fountain repairs is a rounding error, and I am certain that publicity for making this contribution to the community would be valuable to them.
Leni Berliner, Chevy Chase