Change is hard. I totally get it. However, this article - http://hyattsvillelife.com/now-unmapping-segregation/ details how the park got it's name and the raciest, discriminatory practices that were mandated to be part of the deal in giving the land to the City. Times have changed and we should not be honoring/memorializing the name Magruder. I've heard HOPE Park being suggested by others. Don't really care that much other than removing "Magruder".
"You are more than the worst thing you have ever done" said Bryan Stevenson in his book, "Just Mercy". He didn't say "You are more than the worst thing you have ever done, except for you Mr. Magruder." I can't judge Magruder based on the fact of a racist covenant from 1927. I do not have enough information. Two things I can say: let's remove the covenant, and then let's name the basketball court at Magruder after Victor Oladipo. He was a number two pick in the NBA draft in 2013 and he attended Saint Jerome's and De Matha. Forgiveness and honesty will get us further from all kinds of prejudice and hate than judging the behavior of a person we've never met and know relatively little about.
The Park on Gallatin Street should be restricted as a children park - NOT a dog park. Dogs are allowed to roam freely in park, defecate as they please (which is TOO often ignored by the pet owner) and behave w/o repercussions. My daughter was brought to tears this morning as a dog aggressively charged and jumped on her stroller. This has happened repeatedly. And WHO wants their kids playing, rolling around in the grass with dog pee n' poo. Strongly believe there should be a no dog policy in the park
Build an urban beach near the Anacostia tributary