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McMillan Sand Filtration Plant Walking Tour (PHOTOS)

10/28/2011 03:32 pm ET | Updated Dec 28, 2011

WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, Friends of McMillan Park will be hosting a free Halloween walking tour of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, the former water filtration plant and park designed in part by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

The day will include a mix of structured tours and free time for visitors to wander around the regulator houses, sand bins, underground cells and grassy areas of the historically significant 25-acre property adjacent to the Bloomingdale neighborhood and Washington Hospital Center complex.

Saturday's visitors will also get updates -- and are free to give input -- on the site's controversial development plans, says ANC 5C04 Commissioner John T. Salatti, who is vice president of the Bloomingdale Civic Association and will be leading some of the tours.

"This tour is meant to get people excited about world-class development, and is meant to give them the feeling that they can influence the process," Salatti told The Huffington Post in an email. "'The tour is a catalyst for putting the people's interests on par with those who stand to make large profits. The tour is a catalyst for local residents to say to the developers and their elected allies that we will not accept pedestrian plans that leave the neighborhoods holding the bag when it comes to meager park space, flooding problems, traffic nightmares, suburban-style development and loss of historic resources."

The McMillan Sand Filtration Site will be open for tours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The tour is free, kids and dogs are welcome, and costumes are encouraged. Visitors should enter the part at the 2600 block of 1st Street. NW across from the entrance to the U.S. Army Corps facility at the McMillan Reservoir.

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