The Rosedale Conservancy was formed in the fall of 2002 as the land conservancy in charge of managing the three acres of historically landmarked, eighteenth century terraced lawns. This green space, long recognized as Cleveland Park’s “village green” is protected from development in perpetuity by the diligent care of the board and neighborhood.
Rosedale is open to anyone from sunrise to sunset to enjoy this rare urban green space. Rosedale welcomes the community for family gatherings, community picnics, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, outdoor concerts, the fall pumpkin patch, and others. All free, and open to the public. Dog are not permitted on the property unless they are registered with the Conservancy and wearing their Rosedale tag.
Rosedale requires your generous annual assistance. As a community-funded public park, it is supported solely by the contributions of friends and Cleveland Park neighbors.
The Conservancy is run by a 13-member, volunteer Board, including representatives from the ANC, the Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association.
Board Members for 2023 – 2025
Designated Property Members
Jill Hall, President
George Marcou, Grounds
Richard Peyster, Dog Committee
Danna McCormick, Treasurer
Rick Nash, ANC
Christine Hobbs, CPHS
Julie Martin, CPCA
Alyse lives with her husband and three kids on Ordway Street. They are an active family that treasures the outdoors and being part of a strong local community. Alyse has enjoyed becoming involved with Rosedale activities, including the pumpkin carving party, the annual picnic, and the fundraiser. She is delighted to share in helping to preserve and continue community enjoyment of Rosedale.
Jill Hall and her husband, Ridge live at 3500 Ordway Street. They have three grown children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. The whole family enjoys the Conservancy. Jill is involved in a variety of community projects. Jill serves as president and Ridge serves on the Grounds Committee.
Hardin lives with wife Alyse, daughter Victoria (8), son John William (6), and pup Tia on 35th street. The family moved to Cleveland Park from Georgetown in 2014 in pursuit of a deeper sense of community. Hardin joined the Rosedale Conservancy shortly after moving to the neighborhood. The family has long made enthusiastic use of the green. The family are also longtime members the Cleveland Park Club. Hardin is the vice president of Refugees International – a humanitarian organization headquartered in Washington DC. He previously worked abroad for United Nations for almost two decades.
George and his wife Karen have lived at 3503 Newark Street on the north side of Rosedale since 2003. George and Karen have two boys, George (26) and Jack (23). George has done a great deal of volunteer work, including fundraising for various schools, Guy Mason Park and Rosedale.
Danna has been involved with the Conservancy since its inception in a variety of capacities and currently serves as treasurer. When not working at her web development business you will most likely find her at Reservation 360 West on Reno Road (formerly Melvin Hazen) removing invasive vines as part of the Rock Creek Weed Warriors. She has applied that training to Rosedale to remove invasive plants on the property and is keenly active in our initiative to replace them with native plants, helping to support insects, birds, and biodiversity. She hopes to use Rosedale as a training ground to educate neighbors on how to incorporate more natives plants on their properties. Danna and her family lived in Cleveland Park for many years, but have recently moved to a different part of DC.
I live with my wife, Felicia Graham, and my dog, Bijou, in Woodley Park. I am the father of three grown boys and have eight grandchildren. I have been a member of Rosedale for six years, and passionately love the grounds. I am a retired tax attorney and a current dog trainer, specializing in behavioral issues. I head Rosedale’s Dog Committee.
Roger Pollak lives at 3501 Ordway Street. He grew up in Cleveland Park, went to John Eaton School, and spent a lot of time playing at Rosedale. Roger was deeply involved in the efforts to purchase and permanently preserve the Rosedale lawns. He is a founding member of the Conservancy Board and served as Board Chair and Conservancy President from the organization’s inception to 2015. Roger is married to Whitney Pinger and has four grown children, Eli, Jesse, Robin, and Rosie.
Julie moved to Cleveland Park in March 2020 (just as the world was shutting down) with her husband, Andrew Goldstein, and their two daughters (ages 12 and 15) and two cats. Her family feels so lucky and grateful to live so close to Rosedale which she visits twice a day with their pandemic puppy, Lulu. Julie has loved getting to know so many wonderful people at Rosedale and would be delighted to serve as a steward of this community-funded park. She works from home as an editor at Understood.org, which creates free resources to help people thrive with ADHD, dyslexia, and other kinds of learning differences.
James (Jamie) Wickett
Jamie and his family moved from Georgetown to Newark Street in Cleveland Park in 2015. He and his wife Jessica have two daughters, Helen (19) and Liza (5), two dogs (Lucy and Pongo) and one cat (Sylvester). The family loves living in Cleveland Park particularly because of the community of great neighbors, the beauty of the area, the Cathedral and Rosedale. Jamie is a partner with DC law firm Hogan Lovells and has been active in volunteering for many area nonprofit organizations, including the Cleveland Park Community Association.
Zenobia Kozak lives on Ordway Street with her husband Michael and their two children who attend Eaton Elementary. Her background is in history and preservation and values the people and places that make up the Cleveland Park community.
The Rosedale Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.