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Accomplishments 

 Washington Parks & People is the capital area's network of community park partnerships. Parks & People is working to revitalize Washington by reconnecting two of its greatest but most forgotten assets: its vast network of public lands and waterways - comprising one of the highest percentages of park land of any city in the world - and its core of dedicated community leaders and organizations. We seek to build a broad, permanent base of organizations, volunteers, resources, funding, and public support for parks. Replicating the successful Meridian Hill community-based model to revitalize parks in the innercity and diverse areas of the region, the network has helped launch over 30 friends groups for parks ranging in size from under one acre to 196,000 acres.

Accomplishments

  • Revived Community Harvest Program for gardens and farm markets;
  • Launched Community Greening Mini-Grants program;
  • Expanded Heart & Soul model park program using parks to advance community health, nutrition, and fitness;
  • Won EPA grant to start Urban Gardens Nursery and expand tree planting;
  • Planned Dix Street Play Garden for Richardson Dwellings Public Housing;
  • Forged plans for rain gardens to reduce stormwater run-off;
  • Began initiative to transform vacant lots into community gardens and parks;
  • Kicked off Phase III renovation of Marvin Gaye Park, lining DC’s largest Anacostia tributary, with new trail installation;
  • Sponsored Marvin Gaye Festival, Season in Seven, and other park-based arts and cultural programs;
  • Completed master plan for revitalization of the Watts Branch stream valley and expansion of the city’s longest park system;
  • Produced Living City report to use park system to advance DC;
  • Improved our Riverside Center as a base of comprehensive community greening east of the Anacostia River;
  • Expanded programs in the award-winning Josephine Butler Parks Center;
  • Continued to mobilize the city’s largest ever community volunteer park reclamation force;
  • Provided best practice training for greening leaders across DC;
  • Chaired International Urban Parks Alliance Forum;
  • Won American Planning Association Banneker Award for Social Commitment;
  • Won Community Service Award from DC Council Chairman;
  • Won Committee of 100 Vision Award;
  • Advanced new community park partnerships across the city;
  • Contracted with Mosaica for strategic planning and organizational development;
  • Expanded youth programming and mentorship in the parks;
  • Launched green workforce development initiative;
  • Galvanized 271 million pounds of money-saving carbon dioxide reduction pledges through our regional Cool Capital Challenge collaborative, which has now been cited by the US Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties as a nationwide model for regional direct action against the climate crisis.