Thursday, April 3, 2014

Harsh Winter Finally Yields to Spring

After a winter of near-record snow and cold, seasonable early spring whether has finally arrived in Washington. The Saturday, March 22 Community Clean-up drew more than 20 volunteers, most of them first-timers.

We worked once again in the woods behind Brothers Place SE, removing thousands of glass and plastic bottles, dozens of tires, and many large pieces of scrap metal.

The Shepherd Parkway Committee has an enthusiastic new member in Faheemah Davillier, who live on Oakwood Street, two blocks from the park. She explained her decision to get involved like this:

"I am an avid outdoors person and it saddens me that there is so much potential in Ward 8's backward that the community can enjoy, but has been misused and abused. I have been living in Congress Heights  for three years and to enjoy the outdoors I usually travel to VA, MD or other parts of DC. If I could enjoy the outdoors in my own backyard would be life changing," 

Also joining the clean-up and the committee is Lt. Comm. Jonathan Schafler, head of community outreach for the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters at the West Campus of St. Elizabeths, which borders Shepherd Parkway to the north. A veteran of the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Schafler brings valuable expertise and connections in park management. He has pledged to bring Coast Guard personnel to the park in the coming months.

 Mark your calendar for the upcoming Community Clean-Ups from 10 am to 1 pm on

Saturday, April 26
Saturday, May 17
Saturday, June 14

Our meeting location is still at the picnic tables near the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Avenues SE. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. Be sure to wear boots and clothes that can get dirty. High school students should bring the appropriate forms to earn community service hours.

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