About the Randle Highlands Citizens'
The Randle Highlands Citizens' Civic Association was founded in 1995 by about 20 residents of Randle Highlands who came together with the common goal of creating an even greater community to live. The Randle Highlands neighborhood boundaries are approximately Pennsylvania Avenue to the north, Naylor Road, 27th Street, and Texas Avenue to the south, Fort Stanton Park to the east, and Minnesota Avenue to the west. Within these borders are approximately 2,600 residents, 1,200 households, a historic fire station, a police substation, and a handful of locally owned small businesses. In 2017, the D.C. Dream Center opened a new community center in the heart of Randle Highlands at the corner of Q Street and 28th Place, S.E.
To raise the quality of our community - emphasizing safety, aesthetics (appearance), and youth recreational programs and facilities through a collaborative effort with owners of properties, the Department of Public Works, the Metropolitan Police Department, District Officials, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Randle Highlands Elementary School, places of worship, and residents of the community.
It was a hot summer evening, July 20, 1995 when a group of frustrated citizens of the Randle Highlands area south of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast met at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church - 30th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - regarding the conditions of a community which was once safe, beautiful, and nurturing, now in a state of drastic declination, deterioration, high crime, and drug proliferation. To add insult to injury, the citizens in this community were experiencing discrimination on the basis of race, economic, and social status regarding services provided in our neighborhood. Although little to no services were provided by city officials and other governmental agencies, residents of Randle Highlands were still required to pay high taxation rates. Residents realized that the squeaky wheels of the District of Columbia were getting all the oil and that it was time for equal tax representation in our area. The residents felt that the community needed a reformation, transformation, and revitalization. The people envisioned a community again safe, beautiful, and one that affords youth recreational programs and facilities for the children. To turn this vision into reality the citizens came together to officially form the Randle Highlands Citizens' Civic Association.