Washington, DC (March 26, 2009)- Washington Parks & People began nineteen 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. They now help revitalize once forgotten parks and communities throughout the inner city of Washington, DC by working with a wide variety of individuals, agencies, and organizations.
Washington Parks & People has instituted the Cool Capital Challenge, which unites individuals, schools, congregations, businesses, governments, and other institutions. They aimed to take a billion-pound bite out of the Capital Region’s carbon dioxide emissions by April 2008.
The organization recently won a grant from the EPA to fund a tree nursery and tree-planting programs throughout the city. In keeping with their revitalization efforts of the newly renamed Marvin Gaye Park Washington Parks and People has created the Marvin Gaye Trees for Life Awards, wherein anyone can honor a loved one lost to violence, HIV/AIDS, or other causes by planting a tree. The organization and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment are offering 100 shade trees to be planted in the Watts Branch Stream Valley. They also offer free classes on tree planting and care.
For more information, visit Washington Parks and People.