What's Goin' On? Community Health & Greening in Far Northeast DC
RIP Ricky Magnus
Ricky Magnus was shot and killed 24 years ago on January 15th. He was playing near Meridian Hill Park on Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. Community outrage was sparked and ever since Washington Parks & People has strived to grow peace in parks for all. CLICK HERE to learn more about how WPP began.
MLK Day Plants Seeds of Justice
Over 100 volunteers helped ready the Marvin Gaye Park Community Greening Center for the coming year of intensive urban agriculture, green job training, and park reclamation. We had a wonderful time and are now ready to start planting our new season of crops! Even EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stopped by to cheer us on and to plant a dogwood tree. CLICK HERE to watch a video by volunteer Jabari Jefferson.
Green Corps Cohort #7 Opens
Washington Parks & People (WPP), in partnership with the District of Columbia Urban Forestry Administration (UFA), is seeking up to 16 trainees for a 4-week training program to meet core urban and community forestry needs by: expanding and sustaining the urban tree canopy; remediating stormwater runoff; and restoring vegetative habitat within DC. This training program gives trainees valuable job skills, self confidence, job contacts/resources, and mentoring. Each selected trainee will commit to at least 160 hours over the four-week program – portions of the program may be on Saturdays/evenings as required.
- Certificate upon completion
- Assistance with job referral and placement
- Contact with experienced trainers and mentors
- Connect to urban forestry/ greening leaders
- Physical fitness, health, and nutrition support
- Field experience in urban forestry & greening
- Work with government, community, business
- Improved job readiness and skills
- More self confidence and commuity leadership
- Positive impact on DC community environment
- Teambuilding and leadership training
- Continuing Education Units/ other credentials
CONTACT: RonDell Pooler at (202) 681-2437 rondell.pooler(at)washingtonparks.net
Free Riverside Hand Dancing
The National Hand Dance Association started free public classes for all on Jan. 11 at our Riverside Center. Classes are every Saturday from now through March 1 from 1-2pm. Please come!
Free Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense
Join neighbors at the Riverside Center to learn Tae Kwon Do's kicks, strikes, and self defense. 1-hour weekly classes will be taught by Rob Seidel, 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 1st degree black belt in Combat Kapkido.
Open to all ages 11+ for 1 hour moderate exercise.
Sponsored by Parks & People, UDC-4H, Rob Seidel, & Daybreak Ministry.
Originally built to be the home of the Vice President, the historic 40-room Josephine Butler Parks Center offers a variety of packages and event spaces for all kinds of programs. Our grand home, facing the sunsets over Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, has hosted hundreds of unique events over the past 15 years - from nonprofit and community events to weddings, celebrations, retreats, performances, classes, exhibitions, and conferences. Contact us today about holding your next event in this beautiful Renaissance-Revival mansion, or in our other facilities at the Riverside Center or greening sites.
About Parks & People
Washington Parks & People began 24 years ago with Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, receiving the National Park Service's highest organizational award for leading the transformation of the single most violent park in the capital region into one of its safest. We lead greening initiatives across the city -- massive land reclamation, native reforestation, watershed restoration, public health and fitness programming, urban agriculture, and green job training -- to help revitalize once forgotten communities. Parks & People leads the Down By the Riverside Campaign at Marvin Gaye Park in the Watts Branch stream valley. Join the Parks & People Network or find out more about volunteering to help the parks today.
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Thank you to our Parks Center Partners.
We invite you to explore the programs and events at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, a multi-organization "greenhouse" for advancing green spaces and rebuilding communities.
Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center
Parks & People has opened DC's first community nursery, as a base of green job training, native environmental restoration, and sustainable urban agriculture. The facility has already helped plant thousands of native trees across the city, and generated thousands of pounds of pesticide-free healthy food, and served as a base of job training for over 100 people.
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
Your support allows us to continue to restore, improve, and advocate for urban green spaces throughout Washington, D.C.
SEED ($25) Invites to WPP events/ newsletter
TREE ($50) Above + WPP water bottle
RIVER ($100) Above + WPP ski cap
PARK ($200) Above + tree planted in your name
FOREST ($500) Above + Open Space Sacred Places Book
COMMUNITY ($1000) Above + 4 hours landscape design
DONATE HERE or send us a check:
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Washington Parks & People
2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009