D.C. scales back plans for Chuck Brown Park amphitheater

Plans to redesign a D.C. park in honor of the Godfather of Go-Go are "bustin' loose."

Chuck Brown Park is located in Northeast between 18th and 20th Streets, south of Rhode Island Avenue.

But the District government is scaling back plans for a 900-seat amphitheater because neighbors voiced opposition.

Residents in D.C.'s Langdon neighborhood say they were surprised when the government unveiled architect renderings for Chuck Brown Park showing a renovated amphitheater, growing to 900 seats. Along with a speaker system, it was designed as a music venue.

Neighbors felt they were left in the dust. In addition to what they consider noise, they say they're concerned about a lack of street parking and inadequate lighting around the park.

After getting an earful, officials scaled back its plans. New renderings show an amphitheater with 200 seats and no speakers.

Now, many residents seem content with the changes.

If neighbors felt they weren't included in the process, the mayor says he's sorry about that.

"We're going to continue to work with the community to try to make this right," Mayor Vincent Gray says. "We want to make sure that Chuck Brown is properly remembered in a city that absolutely revered him and we don't want people to feel like they've been left out of the planning for this."

Ward Five Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie says the mayor's staff has been working hard to address neighbors' complaints.

But he's still concerned about parking and he'd like more noise barriers in the form of trees or natural landscaping.