Riggs Park

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Riggs Park (Lamond Riggs)
Riggs Park within the District of Columbia
Riggs Park within the District of Columbia
Coordinates: 38°57′14″N 76°59′39″W / 38.9539°N 76.9942°W / 38.9539; -76.9942Coordinates: 38°57′14″N 76°59′39″W / 38.9539°N 76.9942°W / 38.9539; -76.9942
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
Ward4
Government
 • CouncilmemberKenyan McDuffie
ZIP code
20011
Area code(s)202

Riggs Park, also known as "Lamond Riggs", is a residential neighborhood in Ward 4 of Northeast Washington, D.C.[1]. Riggs Park is contained between Eastern Avenue N.E. to the east, Riggs Road N.E. to the south, North Capitol Street N.W. to the north and west, and the Blair Road Community Garden to the north. Riggs Park is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Queens Chapel, North Michigan Park, and Fort Totten, located in Ward 5 of Northeast Washington D.C.. In addition to these neighborhoods, Riggs Park also borders the city/neighborhood Chillum, which is located in Prince George's County, Maryland. The Washington Metropolitan Area Red Line train tracks pass through the Riggs Park neighborhood when traveling between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metro Stations. In addition to the Washington Metropolitan Area Red Line, the CSX, MARC, and Amtrak train tracks, pass through the Riggs Park neighborhood as well.

History[edit]

Most of Riggs Park's residents were Jewish until the 1960s when most of them began leaving the city to settle in the suburbs. Riggs Park's combination of affordable housing and convenience/ proximity to Downtown Washington D.C., attracted lots of African-American residents to move in.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://planning.dc.gov/node/574822
  2. ^ Taylor, Ronald. "Riggs Park: Largely Untouched by War: Area Little Touched by War". Washington Post. August 19, 1973. p. B1.