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Recent Past Events

Bike Ride to Anacostia Museum

Join us for a local bike ride to Anacostia Museum. The ride will leave Rierside Center at 10 am. The ride is open children 10 and up. Please meet at Riverside Center at 9:30 to check in. Please bring water and snacks for the ride. Helmets will be provided if your child does not own one.


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Bicycle Rodeo at Marvin Gaye Park (Part of the Hip Hop Soul Festival)

WABA (Washington Area Bicycle Association) will be at Marvin Gaye Park, as part of the Hip Hop Soul Festival for a bike rodeo. Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join us to learn the importance of using a helmet, safety on bikes and how to make sure their bike is safe to ride. The event will take place at MGP from 9am-12pm. Bring your helmet and bike. If you do not have one, you can borrow one of ours!



Saturday Ride to Rock Creek Park

This ride will take the bicyclists to Rock Creek Park. The ride will leave Riverside Center at 9:30 am. This ride is open to more experienced riders, ages 10 and up. Please bring along water and snacks for the ride. Helmets will be provided if needed.


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Bikeride to Fort Circle

Youth bike ride to Fort Circle trail. Open to ages 10 and up. The ride will leave Riverside Center at 10 am so get here around 9:30 to get your helmet and sign in. Remember to bring some snacks and water for the ride (required).

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World Parks Day 11-3pm

Marvin Gaye Park, 5200 Foote St, NE Washington DC 20019

Come join Washington Parks & People to celebrate your community and park!  Skate along with the DPR Skatemobile, join in on a Jazzercise, Yoga or Tai Chi demonstration, get your face painted, double dutch, play flag football and enjoy music.  Also, courtesy of the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative, the Humanities Council and Washington Opera, celebrate with Community in Bloom and join in as we dance, sing, drum and shout our appriecitation for the community where we learn, play and live!

Marvin Gaye Park Playground Opening


August 20, 1:00-2:00 PM



North Columbia Heights Green Meeting

Tuesday July 14, 2009 7:30 PM

Please join us as we plan for the transformation of the North Columbia Heights Green (bounded by 11th, Park, Sherman, and Lamont.  We  invite your help.  The next meeting on site will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. 

If you are interested in being part of the volunteer work team to help the Green, or if you have ideas about how to improve it, please let us know and/or come to the meeting.  

Sacred DC
This Sunday, June 21st, 2009  (Summer Solstice), 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Public festival taking place in the Josephine Butler Parks Center and Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park
The mission of SACRED DC is to build community through the arts, culture, activism, and healing arts.  Art is not about conforming to one ideal or one person’s way of expressing themselves; rather it is about getting in touch with one’s own creative spirit as possible means of healing.  There was no better venue than our very own public, beautiful green space with so much precious and rich history, including Josephine Butler's own summer solstice celebrations of the past. It is also a celebration of diversity within this neighborhood and throughout all of DC.
Participants will experience hands-on workshops with local artists, musicians, healers, activists and more.  There will be delicious cultural foods, mural painting, poetry slam, drum circles, face painting, stilt walking activists, various performances, and art displays throughout the day.
Human rights, peace, environmental, and cultural organizations throughout DC will table and provide workshops.  Washington Parks & People (a sponsor) and other Parks Center nonprofits will be representing!  SACRED festival will provide opportunities to collaborate and share resources with others, present the arts in non-traditional ways and deepen public awareness of the dynamic diversity of Washington, DC.
For this unique event, all are invited.
Earth Ball
This Friday, June 19, 2009, 6 p.m. - midnight, The Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave, NE
An Earth Awareness Soiree
Attendees are invited to partake of short films about nature and humanity, peruse a green exhibit gallery of graphics from green organizations expounding on their missions, and listen to speakers providing up to date insight on the state of energy and the environment, while experiencing a stimulating backdrop for individual self-education, networking and fun (including music, a scotch tasting and a champagne/caviar nightcap) as each randomly explores what the expanding green jobs market could mean personally and globally. For more details on the program see

All proceeds will be donated to local organizations (including Washington Parks & People!) facilitating opportunities for low and moderate-income residents to grow and consume their own produce locally.
To learn more about the EarthBall and buy tickets, hit More events like this could be
coming your way soon. Tickets, available first come, first served, are $25 on-line and $35 at the door.
Design Charette

April 25, 2009
10 am
North Columbia Heights Green, behind Red Rocks Pizza, bounded by Park Road on the north, 11th Street on the west, Lamont Street on the south, and Sherman Avenue on the east.

A community design charette, focused on planning the North Columbia Heights Green, recently acquired by Parks & People, in the context of the community’s green needs and assets, will take place at the site at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. It will be led by Columbia Heights resident John Henderson, a park planning veteran who helped design the renaissance of the Chicago Park District, along with Parks & People Landscape Architect and Columbia Heights resident Ian Tyndall. There will be food and music, and all are welcome.  For more information call (202) 462-7275 or send an email to