Meridian Hill Park is a 12-acre park in D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood managed by the National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park. The 13-tier water fountain (pictured) is one of the park's many interesting visual features. In 1914, landscape architect George Burnap was hired to do the design, modeling it after grand urban parks of European countries' capitals.
Although the area was rife with crime and considered unsafe in the last quarter of the 20th century, great efforts were made by different groups to reverse the trend and it is now considered relatively safe. The park is known for its Sunday afternoon drum circles that sometimes attract professional drummers.