Sonny Bono Park needs TLC

Sonny Bono Park

It’s a spit of land with a lot of history that’s now left to neglect.

Sonny Bono Park at the intersection of O St., New Hampshire Ave., and 20th St. about one block south of DuPont Circle is just 800 feet of fenced-in dirt that seems too small to worry about and indeed no one has in awhile.

A local friend of Bono’s spent $50,000 to renovate the land in 1998, installing benches, landscaping and even a time capsule underneath a medallion of Bono in the entranceway that reportedly includes the sheet music of Sonny and Cher’s hit song, “The Beat Goes on.” The park was ruined by city road crews in 2013 and has seen little progress since.

Sometimes, the beat doesn’t go on.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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