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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
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“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. (more…)
“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. (more…)
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:
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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We moved to Kenilworth a year ago, which has been wonderful, except for one thing. Our lovely neighbor is collecting old cars in the backyard. Does anyone know if this is legal? Is there anyway to get her to remove them?”
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From a press release:
“Four new postage stamps featuring the water lilies of Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens are springing up in homes and businesses across the country. Issued this year by the U.S. Postal Service, each stamp depicts a midsummer close-up of one of four classic garden water lilies cultivated at Kenilworth’s gardens.
“These stamps, like the lilies themselves, are more than simply stunning,” National Park Service Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said. “They shine a spotlight on more than a century of plant propagation and wetlands protections in the northeast corner of Washington, DC. You really have to visit this national park in person to gain a full appreciation for the innovative work taking place here.”
The water lily stamps are available in booklet form online and at post offices across the U.S. See the originals in person now, as the bloom season enters full swing at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Water lilies are aquatic herbs that live in both temperate and tropical climates around the world; they are found in still freshwater habitats.
The blooms are still spectacular in early July, making this a great season to visit. On July 11, the National Park Service will hold the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival with support from our cooperating association Eastern National and park partner, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The festival showcases the spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom and the cultural connections that these plants foster. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can take part in a day of free music, educational programs, art, hands-on activities, and more. The water lily stamps and other products that showcase those stamps will be available for purchase at the festival. Find more information at www.nps.gov/keaq.
Public transportation is the best way to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival. A free shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Minnesota Ave Metro station on Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. Parking at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is very limited; satellite parking and a free shuttle service are available at Kenilworth Park and Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center.
The only National Park Service site devoted entirely to the propagation and display of aquatic plants, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is known worldwide for its unique landscape and botanical, educational, and recreational contributions. Ongoing programs introduce visitors to the lush aquatic vegetation and habitat thriving along the marshes just east of the Anacostia River. Find Your Park at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Kenilworth Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20019.”
Thanks to @BDdesigns for tweeting us the awesome poster above. It’s part of the See America parks campaign.
And thanks to a reader for sending word about POSTERity: WPS’s Art Legacy & America’s Public Lands. The U.S. Department of the Interior Museum is exhibiting iconic national park posters old and new: (more…)