Rec Center Beautification Day Successful

Volunteers & neighbors preparing the flower beds for planting

The beautification and clean up day at the Rec Center was relatively successful. While there was not an overwhelming number of volunteers and neighbors, those that were able to assist made the most of the day. The flower beds were turned and pansies and seeds planted. Hopefully we’ll see the fruits of their labors before too long.

Additionally, the general clean up not only focused on the area around the Rec Center, but as v0lunteers were available the streets closest to the center between Georgia and Park Place got a little TLC. There were even two volunteers from Bethesda who had heard about the event.

Graffiti is no match for Sybongile Cook

One thing that was close to my heart was the removal of graffiti. Sybongile Cook, from the Mayor’s Office, not only chipped in by cleaning the graffiti off of the utility box outside of Gee’s Market, she turned me on to the product she was using — Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover.

This stuff is great. I was able to borrow a bottle and used it to clean the graffiti off of the mailbox at Warder and Quebec as well as all the graffiti off of the Metrobus stop, stop sign, and do not enter sign at the southwest corner of Warder and Rock Creek Church Road.

In addition to DPR, other organizations that were on site were MPD and the DC Fire Dept. Folks were also able to get a free HIV test.

You can see a few more images of the day below.

Neighbors preparing to plant pansies

One young volunteer enjoying the day

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  1. […] a similar event that addressed tagging and other issues around the Park View Rec Center that was held in March 2010. At that event, I learned about a graffiti removal solvent called Sensitive Surface Graffiti […]


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