Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to Host on National Park Service Town Hall for Wards 7 and 8.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton 

invites you to a 

National Capital Parks-East Town Hall Meeting 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 

 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032


Discuss the Future of Federal Parkland in Wards 7 & 8 with the National Park Service 

Learn about Future Developments and Plans. 

Address the Outlined Needs of the Federal Parks East of the 


Bring your Suggestions for Improving Your Parkland in Wards 7 & 8 


Join the Discussion with:

  • Gopaul Noojibail, Superintendent, National Capital Parks East 

  • Nathan Harrington, Chair, Committee  to Restore Shepherd Parkway

  • Steve Coleman, Director, Washington Parks & People 

  •  Scott Kratz, Director, 11th Street Bridge Park Project

 For more information, please contact our District Office at (202) 408 -9041 or at NortonEvents@Mail.House.Gov

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Name, Same Vision

The Shepherd Parkway Committee, thusly named since 2011, is a thing of the past. At our September 3 meeting, the five members in attendance voted unanimously to rename ourselves “the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway.” 

We feel the new name implies action and movement while pointing towards our ultimate goal: to restore the park -ecologically, aesthetically, as socially -into a dynamic part of the life of Ward 8.  

The Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway will continue to be an arm of the Congress Heights Community Association and to report to its monthly meetings at the UPO Petey Greene Center.

Membership is the committee to open to anyone who cares about the park, with a special welcome for Ward 8 residents. We always welcome new ideas and energy. We meet about four or five times a year at the homes of Committee members in Ward 8.  To join, contact Nathan Harrington at nbharrington (at) yahoo (dot) com.   

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Winter Clean-Up Dates Announced

Contrary to popular belief, the winter months are actually a great time to remove trash and invasive species from the park. You don't have to worry as much about poison ivy, mosquitos, ticks, and bees. Trash is easier to see in the absence of foliage, and invasive poison ivy stands out as one of the only green things in the winter forest. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would rather work in 45 degree chill than 85 degree humidity.

Join us from 10 AM to 1 PM on

Saturday, December 6
Saturday, January 10
Saturday, February 21

We will continue to meet at the picnic tables near the intersection of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Avenue SE. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall 2014 Community Clean-Ups are almost here!

After a two  month summer hiatus, Shepherd Parkway Community Clean-Ups are back!

We've come too far to let up now. The park is cleaner than it's been in decades, but there's still a shocking amount of trash covering the ground in some areas.

Please join us at on

Saturday, September 13, 10 am to 1 pm
Saturday, October 18, 10 am to 1 pm
Saturday, November 8,  10 am to 1 pm

We'll meet at the picnic tables near the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue SE and work in the area north of Malcolm X Avenue.

You will be working on a hillside in the woods, so hear long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Gloves, bags, water, and lunch will be provided.

If you plan to bring a group of more than five, please RSVP to Nathan at or 301-758-5892.