In Photos: GW Celebrates Potomac Square Grand Opening

The event celebrated the new campus space, which offers outdoor seating and affordable meal options.

President LeBlanc and SJ Matthews
President Thomas LeBlanc (l) and Student Association President SJ Matthews cut the ribbon for the new Potomac Square space. (Photos: William Atkins/GW Today)
October 30, 2019

The cool and cloudy weather on Wednesday morning didn’t stop George Washington University from celebrating the grand opening of outdoor community space Potomac Square. 

The newly-unveiled space, which is an open area in the 2000 block of G Street across from Lisner Hall, is part of a broad university initiative to create more community spaces at GW. The partnership with TwentyTables—a dining app that has affordable, accessible and wholesome lunch and dinner options for GW students—also brings four food trucks to Potomac Square offering cuisine from around the world.

President Thomas LeBlanc said during Wednesday’s ribbon cutting for Potomac Square that the new space is a direct response to the university community’s expressed need for more affordable food options and more community spaces.

“This is just the start,” Dr. LeBlanc said. “We are committed to finding new ways to improve our campuses as a part of our strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience and our institutional culture, making GW  better for living, learning and working."

Student Association President SJ Matthews said that she is excited to see Potomac Square transform from a parking lot to a bustling hub of student life. Since the soft-opening of the space on Monday, she said that students have already made use of the space to eat, study and build new connections.

"I know it's going to be a wonderful addition to our campus community for many years to come," Ms. Matthews said.  

Take a look at a gallery from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting celebration:

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