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Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff Well Attended

April 5, 2016

IMG_0343Wangari Gardens held their 2016 Spring Kickoff event on Sunday April 3rd and it was a success by any measure. The garden contains 108 individual garden plots. One thing I learned on my visit was that in addition dedicated garden plots (which are inside the fence) there is also a community garden area, a community orchard, and vines have been planted along the fence which produce berries. These community areas are available to anyone who visits the gardens — meaning that if you go to the gardens and there is fruit on the tree, you are welcome to pick it. The eastern end of the garden also includes an apiary which I really like. (Learn more about Wangari Gardens here).

The open house included food, kite flying, and a tour of the garden for new gardeners and anyone who wanted to learn more about how it is organized in general. It was a beautiful day to learn more about one of our area community gardens and chat with neighbors and friends.

Wangari gardens

(From left to right, Ms. Juanita, Commissioner Boese, Wangari Gardens outreach coordinator Lan Nguyen.)

Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff is Sunday April 3rd

April 1, 2016

If you are interested in participating in a local community garden, Wangari Gardens is having a Spring Kickoff Party on Sunday April 3 from 2-6 pm (poster below). Check out their Website to learn more.

Wangari Gardens currently has 108 plots in the garden.  The have approximately 20 plots available, however there is a wait list for people interested in getting plots. Details on gardens plots can be found here, and people interested in getting a plot can access the application form here!

This year’s kickoff party features:

  • Food and games for kids
  • Live music from the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Information about becoming a plot holder at Wangari and how to get a free private plot

Wangari Garden Spring Kickoff

Park View Community Partners Green Space Survey Released at Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting

March 30, 2016

At the Park Morton Steering Committee meeting held on March 24th, Park View Community Partners (the development team) walked through the results of the Green Space Survey that they’d conducted between January 29th and February 8th. The slide deck from that presentation is available on the Park View Engage Web site and also available here.

Overall, 201  people participated in the survey (with one caveat, it is possible that one person took the survey 36 times as the IP address was the same as were the responses). The purpose of the survey was to solicit feedback on the desired programming of the park elements at both the Park Morton and Bruce-Monroe sites. That can best be illustrated in the following two charts.

Question four focused on green space elements at the Park Morton site:

Park Morton Green Space chart

Question five focused on green space elements at the Bruce-Monroe site:

Bruce Monroe survey use

At the meeting, I offered two suggestions to the development team to gather information to help them better understand what park uses would meet community expectations. With the warmer weather, I suggested that the team visit the Bruce-Monroe site on several occasions to engage those who visit the site and learn about the activities (both existing and absent) that people would like to have at the site. I also suggested that the team visit the parks, playgrounds, and community gardens surrounding the Bruce-Monroe site and ask similar questions.

Overall, it would be both interesting and helpful to the planning process to develop a broad understanding of the recreational activities that currently exist in the community as well as activities that people would like to have in the area that aren’t currently available. It would also be useful to know why people choose to visit some greenspaces and not others — for example, are roads like Georgia Avenue, Park Place, or Sherman Avenue considered barriers to some?

Whether these suggestions are acted upon or not, it is clear to me that more work is needed to understand what the programming needs are for our local greenspaces than can be achieved through an online survey.


Kids and Adults Enjoy Weekend Easter Events

March 28, 2016

In many parts of Washington this past weekend communities hosted Easter egg hunts and events for families to enjoy. The weather was great as well. Two events that occurred in and near Park View on Saturday, March 26th, included an Easter celebration at Park Morton and egg races and prizes at the 11th & Monroe Trolley Park. Both events were sponsored by the Friends of the Trolley Park, the North Columbia Heights Civic Association, the Salvation Army Sherman Ave Corps, and other local groups. The Salvation Army provided food including hot dogs.

There was a good turn out at the Trolley Park, which was scheduled from noon to 2 pm. You can get a good feel for the gathering from the photo below.

Trolley Park Easter(Easter gathering at the Trolley Park, 11th & Monroe, NW.)

The following video also captures one of the egg races (and there were many).

The Park Morton celebration was later in the afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm. In addition to food and an egg hunt, there was music, a moon bounce, ice cream and Italian ice (I tried the blueberry), and face painting. The photos below show the moon bounce and face painting earlier in the day. The Park Morton event was hosted by the Park Morton Resident Council.

Park Morton Easter moon bounce


Road Closures on Saturday Due to Marathon

March 10, 2016

Road Closures

Here’s a reminder that the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is this Saturday, March 12th, and will impact neighborhood traffic with road closures. The race course includes Harvard Street between 4th Street (east) and Columbia Road (west) so plan weekend travel accordingly.

Below is the announcement from the marathon organizers:

Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Road Closures This Weekend

This is a friendly reminder that the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 is this Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Important race week information:
•   Check the course map to see if you are affected•   View the interactive Google Map for help with alternate directions.
•   Contact our staff for help with alternate directions
•   View transit detours on the Metro website.
•   Join in the fun without having to run; volunteers are needed for the Race Crew, sign up on our website.
•   Line the route to cheer on runners as they accomplish their goals.Thank you for your support of the event, please contact us if you have any questions.

Community Relations Department
Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2
Saturday, March 12, 2016                                    

Mardi Paws Scheduled for Saturday in Columbia Heights

February 18, 2016

In celebration of Love Your Pet Day, there is a community Mardi Paws event on Saturday at the dog part located at 11th and Park Road. It sounds interesting and something that people might want to check out. I’ve included the flyer below.

Mardi Paws

New Book Documents African American Leisure Destinations Around D.C.

February 1, 2016

African American Leisure DestinationsI was fortunate enough to catch a book discussion by author Patsy Fletcher that was held at Sankofa Video, Books Café yesterday (2714 Georgia Avenue, NW). The book featured was Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington, D.C. and was recently published on December 7, 2015. The announcement described the book as follows:

“During the Jim Crow era, most public places of leisure like amusement parks and beaches were strictly segregated and were whites-only. So where did Black Washingtonians go to enjoy relaxation and recreation?

In African American Leisure Destinations, Patsy Fletcher highlights some of the picnic gardens, excursions, amusement parks, and beach resorts developed and patronized by Washington’s people of color as far back as 1880s for their own enjoyment.”

The discussion was fascinating and I’m sure the book will be of interest to many. Those interested in getting a copy can find them at Sankofa.

Patsy Fletcher(Historian Patsy Fletcher discussing Historically African American Leisure Destinations.)


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