MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door" we visit Great Falls, Va. and Kingman Park in Northeast D.C.
MR. BOB CUMBER
Hi, my name is Bob Cumber. My wife and I have lived in Kingman Park for three years. Kingman Park is bounded on the east by the Anacostia River, on the north by Benning Road, on the south by East Capital and on the west it's kind of hard to say but it's either 19th Street, maybe 17th Street. Kingman Park is the only part of Ward 7 that is west of the river. It was built mostly in the '20s, '30s and '40s. Carl Sager was the developer, he built very similar houses throughout the blocks. There are slight differences among the houses but it's a pretty consistent single residential feel.
MR. BOB CUMBER
I like just the mixture of people here. You have a very strong population of people who are first generation, who have lived here since the community's founding and then you have an influx of a lot of young families. We have a couple of takeout restaurants and one significant restaurant-bar and then a bunch of other businesses that could be stronger. You have a lot of green space with Anacostia Park, Kingman Island, Heritage Island. It's kind of nice to be in a neighborhood that kind of has a suburban feel at the same time you're right in the city. It's kind of a nice mix of the old and the new.
MS. KAREN WASHBURN
I am Karen Washburn. I am 62 years old and I live in Great Falls, Va. Great Falls as we know it today is almost 18 square miles. It is a community of approximately 15, 000 people. We have today this wonderful semi-rural community where large animals are quite welcome. Not everybody has horses but a lot of people do and we have an area where we have only single family homes.
MS. KAREN WASHBURN
The community of Great Falls was developed out of three farming communities. We had a community at Colvin Run. We had Forestville and then we had Dranesville and they have all been brought together under the umbrella of the new name of Great Falls. Ironically, the actual Great Falls of the Potomac River have a McLean address. Along that riverfront, we have two very large parks. We have Great Falls National Park, which 800 acres and it is contiguous with Fairfax County Park Riverbend and within that park we have phenomenal species of animals, which occurs sometimes only in that Potomac Gorge.
MS. KAREN WASHBURN
We have lovely birds that you can see, wonderful hiking trails. We can ride our horses on most of those trails. It's great for boaters, it's great for fishermen and a lot of kayakers have taken up. This is a great area to do their sport and it's so beautiful to be able to see the birds, the wildlife in all weathers. It is absolutely gorgeous and if you go early you don't see very many people.
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