North Columbia Heights Green - Moving Forward!
After extensive challenges with dumping, engineering, permits, and debris removal, the North Columbia Heights Green project is now at last completing Phase II, with new grading and fencing now all in place. Now comes the fun part: we have an exciting Fall ahead toward the implementation of our sustainable Green for the community.
Marvin Gaye Park Playground Opening
National Recreation and Parks Association, Washington Parks & People and our partners celebrated the first public playground in this neighborhood in 30 years, August 20, 2009. Marvin Gaye Park will be the focus of a university study documenting the long-term health benefits the playground and surrounding park will bring to the youth and children of this community.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH NRPA DEDICATION VIDEO
WPP Forms DC Green Corps
With support from the Prince, Marpat, Meyer, Community, and Cafritz Foundations and DC’s Department of the Environment and Urban Forest Administration and many other partners, Parks & People is ramping up its city-wide green job training program, showcasing the value of parks for meeting critical economic needs. In addition, we have received a grant from the HSC Foundation to complete a business plan to leverage our facilities for earned revenue, job training (including youth with disabilities), and mission impact. Finally, our application for two-year stimulus funding for this program from the US Forest Service has been ranked #3 in the entire northeast region of the country.
WUSA Channel 9 recently covered the DC Green Corps. Read the story and watch the video featuring Executive Director Steve Coleman and Community Greening Coordinator Brian Rogers.