Sonny Bono Memorial Park

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Sonny Bono Memorial Park
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Sonny Bono Memorial Park, January 2005
Sonny Bono Memorial Park is located in Washington, D.C.
Sonny Bono Memorial Park
Location within Washington, D.C.
Sonny Bono Memorial Park is located in the United States
Sonny Bono Memorial Park
Sonny Bono Memorial Park (the United States)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°54′30.5″N 77°2′41″W / 38.908472°N 77.04472°W / 38.908472; -77.04472Coordinates: 38°54′30.5″N 77°2′41″W / 38.908472°N 77.04472°W / 38.908472; -77.04472
Area800 square feet (74 m2)[citation needed]
Created1998

Sonny Bono Memorial Park is a park in Northwest Washington, D.C., at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, 20th Street, and O Street near Dupont Circle. It is named for Sonny Bono. The park was established in 1998, after Sonny Bono's death, by Bono family friend Geary Simon, a local real estate developer. He approached the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation's Park Partners program and paid $25,000 of his own money to revitalize an unused 800-square-foot (74 m2) triangle of grass on a traffic island. His improvements included installing an underground sprinkler system, planting new Kentucky bluegrass and a Japanese maple, as well as benches and a wrought-iron fence. The park also features a vault of Sonny Bono memorabilia, such as the sheet music for "The Beat Goes On," his official Congressional cufflinks, and a mug from his string of Bono's Restaurants.

At the entrance, on the ground, is a plaque that reads as follows:

IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND SONNY BONO 1935-1998; ENTERTAINER - ENTREPRENEUR - STATESMAN - FRIEND.

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