Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park is a neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC. Cleveland Park lies south of Chevy Chase, DC from Rock Creek Park on the east to Wisconsin Avenue on the west and north of Woodley Park.

Many of Cleveland Park’s single-family homes were built in the late 1800s and the early 1900s in the Victorian, Queen Anne, Georgian Revival and Mission Revival styles, and several apartment buildings were built in the 1920s and 1930s in the eclecticism and Art Deco styles. Cleveland Park is designated as a historic district by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, a preservation action undertaken by the Cleveland Park Historical Society.

Cleveland Park’s residents are served by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, which, since its inception in 1911, has raised money for neighborhood projects including the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library of the DC Public Library System.

Cleveland Park’s popular commercial area lies along a section of Connecticut Avenue, with a variety of shops, banks, and restaurants. Cleveland Park is home to the historic Uptown Theater, an art deco theater with a single, curved, 70’x40’ screen named “THE place to see a movie in Washington” by the Washington Post. The Cleveland Park Metro on the Red Line of the MetroRail System lies on the commercial section of Connecticut Avenue.


Some of Cleveland Park’s residents are served by a small club on Highland Place, which offers members a swimming pool and children’s day camp. While no recreational parks lie within immediately within Cleveland Park’s boundaries, Klingle Valley Park, which lies at the southeastern corner of the community, is a wooded stream valley that leads into Rock Creek Park just north of the National Zoo. Community activists and the National Park Service have petitioned the DC Department of Public Works to transfer the area to the National Park Service and convert the old Klingle roadway, abandoned in 1990, to a surface trail. Melvin C. Hazen Park lies close to the community’s northeastern corner and leads into Rock Creek Park and its miles of popular hiking and biking trails. The park is also home to Melvin C. Hazen Community Garden, on Sedgewick Street between Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street, run by the National Park Service. The community is within easy reach of the National Zoo, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, a 163-acre zoological park and home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species, including the giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Ziang and cub Tai Shan.

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