by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

“Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers posing with their trashy trophies at the end of a long day cleaning up Rock Creek.”

From Rock Creek Conservancy:

“It’s clear to us; the new dockless bike-shares are finding their way into Rock Creek more often than the fully dockable Capital Bikeshares.  We’re generally pro-biking here at Rock Creek Conservancy. So, we find ourselves faced with a tricky question. Could dockless bikes bad for our favorite lands and waters?

Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers spent the last weekend cleaning up Rock Creek during their Tenth Annual Extreme Cleanup. Volunteers worked at more than 40 sites throughout the Rock Creek watershed (with more than 60 throughout the entire month).

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

From DPR:

“DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has partnered with LimeBike for an exciting and unique series of FITDC bike rides through a few parks East of the River in Washington, D.C. with #BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals.

The next ride is Saturday, April 14th at Anacostia Recreation Center and will take riders through Anacostia Park. The final ride in the series takes place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at Malcolm X Opportunity Center.

The morning of each event, LimeBike pulls up at a DPR recreation center with a truckload of the fluorescent colored smart-bicycles for riders to use. LimeBike provides free access to their bikes for the day as well as free helmets for those in need. At the end of the 4-6 mile trek, bicyclists can leave the bike at the recreation center or leave the dockless bike wherever else they decide to go that day. Participants can alsoinstead bring their personal bikes to ride.

The kick-off event, held on March 31, brought riders to Kenilworth Recreation Center for a 6 mile ride through the scenic Anacostia Trial and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to the Bladensburg Waterfront in Maryland and back. The riders were split into groups from beginner, moderate to advanced paced riders with bike pacers leading each group.

#BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2018 at 10:02 pm 0

via DPR

From DPR:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and DC Department of General Services (DGS) announced on Marvin Gaye’s birthday that a brand new multi-million dollar facility in his honor will open with a block party style festival with members of Gaye’s family, live music, food trucks, giveaways and more for DPR’s first Marvin Gaye Day on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2 p.m. at Marvin Gaye Recreation Center.

Highlights of the event include the ribbon cutting of the new center by Mayor Bowser and Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye and ex-wife Janis Hunter. Author, Georgetown professor and music historian Michael Eric Dyson will speak to the crowd before Marvin’s former band/group, The Marquees, perform a tribute set. Closing out the event will be a more current Marvin-inspired performance by Black Alley. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm 0

Thanks to Judy for sending more info about Jeanne D’Arc’s sword restoration.

“A+E was filming. NPS reps said History Channel funded the restoration as part of the filming of a program for Women’s History Month. The plan is to air it before the end of March. History Channel has also funded a guard for the weekend to make sure she is protected for some kind of program scheduled in the park, at the statue, for Monday at 4.

Here’s the link where the program should appear if you don’t catch the initial broadcast.”

I took some more photos on Saturday:

Check out a video of the dedication with President Harding in 1922 here.

More photos after the jump. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo by The Anacostia Watershed Society courtesy of 11th Street Bridge Park

From a press release:

“The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the fourth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year we are throwing a birthday bash for the 100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park by celebrating the “Year of the Anacostia!” Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and visitors from across the region to explore communities and parks east of the river. In 2017, the Anacostia River Festival attracted nearly 10,000 participants.

Anacostia River Festival

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018; 1 pm – 5 pm

Where: National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road & Anacostia Drive SE

Who: FREE and open to the public.
For more information:bridgepark.org/ARF

“In 2018, the stars have aligned to mark the ‘Year of the Anacostia’ – celebrating the river as a stunning ecological and cultural resource for the entire city. Residents from across the DC region can discover this incredible natural resource at our fourth annual Anacostia River Festival.” said Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park Director.

The festival will feature art exhibitions, live music performances, hands-on activities and special biking activities. Visitors can participate in recycled art projects, fishing workshops, the annual bicycle parade, trail rides, bike tune-up stations, safety stations, lawn games, boating and other family-friendly activities re-engaging residents and visitors alike with the Anacostia River and historic Anacostia neighborhood. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

3000 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to Cait for passing on from the New Communities Initiative:

“BELL Architects has been selected to lead the design of the acre park that will front Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road NW. The chosen team also includes the Landscape Architecture Bureau and Wiles Mensch Corporation. A key factor in BELL’s selection was their experience and qualifications leading comprehensive community design. Accordingly, BELL believes that community engagement is the key to a successful project and community satisfaction. Their project team has experience leading interactive community meetings to gain feedback to incorporate into the design. The first community-wide meeting is being planned for March 2018 and will be announced broadly.”

You can read more about the greater plans here.

by Prince Of Petworth February 16, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Photo by Dustin

Dustin notes: “If you look closely you’ll see they took out a street light on their way down.”

D.C. Fire and EMS reported:

“#DCsBravest have safely removed 1 adult male from vehicle into Creek at P St. Victim will be transported with non life threatening injuries. That was the only occupant.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 14, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

From Rock Creek Conservancy:

“Here at Rock Creek Conservancy, we’ve got a major crush on you. We love you for loving Rock Creek (we just can’t help it!) So, we put together a little something we thought you might like.

We couldn’t do the work we do without you. To thank you, we created these printable Rock Creek Valentine’s Day cards. They feature animals that live in Rock Creek and some pretty good animal puns! Print and share them with the people in your life who love Rock Creek as much as you do!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

In addition to the Rock Creek cleanup event.

From Washington Parks & People:

“We’re having two Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Park Revitalization events that are free and open to the public at both Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park and Marvin Gaye Park. We’re going to be collecting trash, removing invasive species, and celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. All ages are welcome to come out!

Interested in volunteering with Washington Parks & People? Contact [email protected] with your information today!”


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