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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I went to the Aquatic Gardens today [Sunday] around 3:10pm and upon entering, we saw a park staff member or officer in uniform running to the info booth with a flotation device under her arm in a panic. We stopped in our tracks and she said “Did he go to get the gator?” “Where is it?” The person manning the booth said yes and pointed her to the left around the body of water. She ran in that direction and yelled “Tell him I’m over here, okay?” I’m from Florida and we don’t play with that so obviously we left but an alligator?! In DC?! Hoping your readers can shed some light on this.”

Ed. Note: On July 27th 2018 “an illegal 5-foot caiman” was removed from a home in SE. The National Zoo says: “The American alligator is found in the United States from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas.”

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From the National Parks Service:

“WHAT: See stunning beauty and experience diverse Latin, Asian and African traditions at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Join the National Park Service for the kickoff of the weeklong festival that celebrates diverse cultures and welcomes new audiences to the park.

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2017; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE

Performance Lineup Read More

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From NPS:

“Experience diverse cultures and stunning beauty at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival, July 15-22, 2017. Join the National Park Service for the festival kickoff on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the natural wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.

See spectacular 3-foot-tall lotuses and vibrantly colored lilies during peak bloom at the only national park focused on growing aquatic plants. Celebrate culture, nature and community with live music and dancing performances, lotus tea tasting, gardening workshops, live animal programs and many more activities that highlight Latin, Asian and African traditions. Read More

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From WABA:

“Join WABA and at-large D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman on Veterans Day for a ride on the newly opened segment of the Anacostia River Trail!

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens trail segment was a missing link in a network of 60 miles of trail between the District and Maryland. It connects Benning Road in the District with the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, creating a much more pleasant and safe route for cyclists who commute between Prince George’s County and the District. The trail also provides walkers, bicyclists, and nature lovers access to scenic stretches of the Anacostia River where one can regularly see egrets, eagles, deer, and other wildlife. Read More

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From the Humane Rescue Alliance’s Humane Law Enforcement Department:

“On Thursday, October 20th, 2016, a senior female Yorkie type dog was discovered in a residential trash can in an alley between the 4200 block of Meade Street NE, DC and the 4200 block of Lane Place NE, DC.

The Humane Rescue Alliance desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Humane Rescue Alliance is offering a $2,000.00 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the

Humane Rescue Alliance’s Humane Law Enforcement Department:

Officer Russell

[email protected]

202-723-5730 ext. EXT 132

Information will be kept confidential upon request.”

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From the National Park Service:

July 16, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find Your Park in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival! Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and global culture with FREE activities for the whole family:

See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom!
Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Asian & African dancing performances!
Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations!
Visit educational and cultural exhibitors and much more!

Public transportation is the best way to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Satellite parking is available at Kenilworth Park and at the Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center, and a free shuttle service will run between those parking areas, the Minnesota Ave Metro Station, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Accessible parking is available at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. [1550 Anacostia Ave NE]”

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