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At a political rally in 1969, activist Angela Davis proposed renaming the park "Malcolm X Park", but ultimately this name change was not approved.  And after 1970, with inner-city areas of Washington experiencing an economic decline, the park and its neighborhood suffered some decay for a number of years, with crime and vandalism becoming a problem. Upkeep of the park suffered, and the park itself became less safe, with drug dealing at times occurring there. About 1990, in response to rising crime rates in and around the park, neighborhood residents became more involved in the park's stewardship and programming, and a group of community organizations formed the "Friends of Meridian Hill.
Since 1990, Parks & People's community coalition, Friends of Meridian Hill.
Coming face to face with the park’s murderous reputation, they were surprised to discover a core group of people who really cared about the park and were actually keeping an eye on things. Some of the people encountered on that first night have since become key contributors to the effort. One, a former drug-dealer, became an informant in a trial about a murder in the park, resulting in the imprisonment of the slayer. Another became the chair of the Friends of Meridian Hill.
Friends of Meridian Hill is located in Washington, District of Columbia. This organization primarily operates in the Membership Organizations, nec business / industry within the Membership Organizations sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 5 years. Friends of Meridian Hill is estimated to generate $98,000 in annual revenues, and employs approximately 2 people at this single location.
In 1990, a group of local citizens formed the "Friends of Meridian Hill. " A citizens' crime patrol, countless hours of volunteer labor, and grassroots advocacy led to an award-winning partnership between the "Friends" and the National Park Service. The results were dramatic, with a 98% reduction in crime and new appropriations for the park in the millions.
After falling into disrepair and decay in the 1970’s, the park enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the a group of community organizations which formed the “Friends of Meridian Hill” partnership. After extensive renovations and restoration, the park now hosts a variety of community arts and educational programs, twilight concerts, and on Sunday afternoons during warm weather, people gather in the upper park to dance and participate in a popular Drum Circle, which regularly attracts both enthusiastic dancers and professional drummers.