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News & Special Events



Our Lives Matter Youth Walk to the River

Meet at Marvin Gaye Park's Riverside Center at the hub of the park at Division Avenue and Foote Street Northeast this Friday July 31 at 10am for the Our Lives Matter Youth Walk to the River.  Join with youth and youth leaders to unite for action for a safe and healthy park for all.  For info, call GO-2-PARK.

Soular Sundays Return to Marvin Gaye Park

For the second year in a row, every other Sunday afternoon, neighbors, artists, and artisans will gather with music to celebrate community in the center of the park at Division Avenue Northeast. 


ParkArts needs our help!

Parks & People breathes life into the parks with artists and musicians of all kinds.  Volunteer to help us use the parks to bring the arts all across the city!  Write volunteer@washingtonparks.net. 

Join Parks & People today!

Annual membership in Washington Parks & People signifies your strong commitment to making the parks & green spaces of Washington, DC world-class models of park-based community health & well-being.  As an individual member, you’ll join us in activating the parks for broad community revitalization!

Levels & Benefits

-    Member ID card, acknowledgement letter and tax receipt

-    Newsletter & e-blasts

-    Invitations to programs and events in DC’s parks and WPP’s facilities

-    Access to private event reservations at the Josephine Butler Parks Center and the Riverside Center


-    All benefits provided at SEED level

-    Parks & People t-shirt

-    Two tickets to Annual Open House



-    All benefits provided at SEED and PARK levels

-    Parks & People water bottle

-    Two tickets to Annual Gala or similar event

-    Acknowledgement in Annual Report



To become a member today, you may send a check to Washington Parks & People, 2437 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, or use the Donate page to process your payment via credit card. All gifts and contributions are tax-deductible. For more information on membership, including non-profit organizations and corporate entity participation, please email: member@washingtonparks.net.

Breathing Life Art Exhibition

A unique exhibition exploring the unity of human and non-human form, featuring artwork from Michael O. Snyder of Interdependent Pictures and programming from Washington Parks & People and One Common Unity, D.C. based non-profit organizations with a unified mission to breathe life into urban green spaces and connect urban communities to the earth.

Josephine Butler Parks Center

2437 15th St NW, WDC 20009

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Thank you, donors

Every dollar and every donor counts at Parks & People.  100% of all donations go to impacts on the ground where the need is greatest -- transforming communities and lives through parks, community gardens, playgrounds, schoolyards, trails, and watersheds.  Your support helps keep growing the work and impacts that we love. 

You can magnify the impact of your gift to Parks & People by spreading the word to invite others to join you, by volunteering in the parks with us, by helping us advocate for urgent parks needs, and by holding an event in our award-winning historic facilities.

Giving Catalogue Honors WPP

For the third time, the Catalogue for Philanthropy has selected Parks & People as one of this region's best small charities. The Catalogue is widely considered the most trusted guide to giving in the Washington region, featuring the area's best, vetted, community-based charities for high-impact local giving.  Parks & People has also earned a Silver rating on the national GuideStar Exchange for its transparency and accountability.




Event Space

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 sunsets over Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, has hosted hundreds of unique events over the past 16 years - from nonprofit and community events to weddings, celebrations, retreats, performances, classes, exhibitions, and conferences.   The Center was recently voted Best of DC Wedding Venue by City Paper readers.   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 25 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 Parks & People and 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.

Riverside Center/
Marvin Gaye Park

Meridian Hill/

Malcolm X Park

 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.  


Your support allows us to continue to restore, improve, and advocate for urban green spaces throughout Washington, D.C.

SEED ($25)

TREE ($50) 

RIVER ($100)

PARK ($250) Tree planted in your name

FOREST ($500)  Open Space Sacred Places Book

COMMUNITY ($1000) Landscape design advice

Washington Parks & People is an IRS-certified tax-deductible charity.  In addition to cash contributions, we also accept in-kind donations, gifts of appreciated securities, planned and deferred giving, and bequests. 

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Washington Parks & People

2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009