By C.N. Staff Writer
One of D.C.’s musical legends will be honored with a park in his name. Considered the Grandfather of “Go-Go,” Chuck Brown will now join Marvin Gaye as a famous musical legend to be honored with a park named in his honor in the District. District officials released renderings for the park, which is slated to cost 1 million.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the park would be built in the Langdon Park neighborhood in Ward 5. Gray signed into law a new amphitheater and green space that will also make up part of the park.
Brown died last year in May and his daughter Cherita Whiting hopes to see the ribbon cut on the park then. She said it would be a great way to honor the first anniversary of his death, but also says Aug. 22nd would be a great day, as that would have been his 77th birthday. Brown said her family was pleased with the final designs of the building saying, “I think my dad would be very proud and extremely happy to be honored like that.”
The new memorial design, developed by Cleveland Park design firm Marshall Moya, will take the shape of an amphitheater with a semi-circular theatre space defined by rows of magnolia and cherry blossom trees. Named, the Chuck Brown Music Pavilion, the venue is designed for a capacity of more than 900 seated visitors.