Chuck Brown Memorial Park opens in northeast D.C.

Chuck Brown's son talkswith ABC7 at the opening of the Chuck Brown Memorial Park. Photo: WJLA

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - A tribute to the Godfather of Go-Go was unveiled Friday.

District of Columbia officials formally opened the $1.8 million Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

The 42,000 square-foot park has been carved out from space in Northeast Washington's Langdon Park.

Initial plans called for a 900-seat amphitheater, but neighbors objected and that portion of the park was scrapped. The park instead features bench seating that will accommodate smaller performances.

Brown died in 2012 at the age of 75. He helped develop and build the District's unique go-go musical scene - a blend of funk, soul, and other elements - in the 1970s, and continued to perform well into his 70s.