Saturday morning, Cleveland Park design firm Marshall Moya and the District’s Department of General Services unveiled changes to the planned Chuck Brown memorial and amphitheater in Ward 5. The changes were announced at a community meeting at the Washington Center for the Aging.
New renderings show that the design firm has rethought a few aspects of the memorial and bandshell in Langdon Park. The biggest change may be a reduction in seated capacity: the amphitheater now seats 200 people, down from 900, with most of the seats converted to open lawn space.
With the assistance of consulting group Acoustical Design Collaborative, Ltd., the firm has also tweaked a few aspects of the amphitheater’s acoustic setup, mostly for improved sound projection and quality. The firm made at least one suggestion that should relieve some local residents: “Locating the loudspeakers at grade or stage level will provide greater noise reduction for the nearby community from the audience seating and berm that is behind the last audience seating row,” says a memo that was included in the presentation.
Here’s what the old Chuck Brown Park plan looked like:
Screenshots via Marshall Moya/Department of General Services presentation