Summer fun at our Late Skate events in Anacostia Park—and more to come!

Hundreds of people have attended the two “Late Skate” events in Anacostia Park this June and July, free community celebrations that are part of a shared effort between the National Park Service and the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative to engage residents of Ward 7 and Ward 8 in meaningful events and programming.

Each event has featured local DJs and radio personalities, free roller skate rentals, field games, facepainting, free family portraits and more. The next Late Skate event is scheduled for August 24, and the theme will be “Dancing to the Future,” featuring hand dancing, DJ Spirit, live music by the band “Bela Donna,” and park visions for the future. In September, October and November, these events will continue and will feature more activities hosted by our member organizations and other partners!

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You can have access to $1,800 for your child's college education through new program launched by 11th Street Bridge Park and Capital Area Asset Builders

Starting today, Ward 8 families with a student in a Ward 8-based elementary or middle public, private or charter school can enroll in EduSaveDC and receive as much as $1,800 in the next 12 months to help save for a child's college education. This program is run by Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) in collaboration with the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of the Ward 8 non-profit Building Bridges Across the River.

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Funding Alert: Felipe Floresca "High Road" Fellowship Program - Due Aug 4

The Felipe Floresca Fellowship Program provides a 12-month [September 2019-August 2020] experiential learning program in implementing sustainable energy, water and food projects that include and benefit low-income and communities of color. The program provides a $50,000 annual stipend plus benefits.  Placements are available for projects in one of the following ECC Sites: Washington D.C., Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Applications are due August 4.

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Comment Period Extended: Bridge to the National Arboretum from Kenilworth

Residents of Kenilworth, Eastland Gardens, Parkside, Mayfair and surrounding neighborhoods could be able to walk from their homes to the National Arboretum with a new proposed pedestrian bridge that would cross the Anacostia River at Kenilworth Park.

Some river users have voiced their concerns about the bridge, primarily that the footings would block boat traffic. You can read more about the issues in this article. One proposed compromise would be to design the bridge as a “clear span” bridge, with no footings in the river, which would be more expensive but not block any boat traffic. The planners have extended the comment period for the project.

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Funding Alert: Partners for Places - Due July 30

The Funders' Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, has announced the opening of Round 15 of the Partners for Places grant program. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $100,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

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Meeting Recap: Meaningful Engagement in Anacostia Park

On June 11, the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative hosted an online meeting about its new initiative to build a cohort of organizations focused on meaningfully engaging Ward 7 and Ward 8 residents in Anacostia Park programming. 

The Collaborative is dedicated to maximizing the value of Anacostia Park and other parts of the Anacostia River corridor for Ward 7 and 8 residents, and one of the most significant ways to make the corridor relevant to people’s lives is through events and activities. That’s why we are launching our Events, Programming and Outreach affinity group!

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Improving access to parks with public art and temporary streetscape improvements - Recap of the community walk to Kingman Island

On a recent Saturday morning, I joined a handful of residents from DC’s River Terrace and Kingman Park neighborhoods on a community walk to Kingman Island. We were brainstorming ways to improve the connection from these neighborhoods to Kingman Island, one of two beautiful island parks lying between these two neighborhoods on opposite shores of the Anacostia River.

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Meeting Alert - Proposed Bridge from Kenilworth Park to the National Arboretum - May 21 and 22, 6:30pm

The Department of Transportation and the National Park Service have been working on plans for a bridge that will connect the Kenilworth Park area across the Anacostia River to the National Arboretum.

This pedestrian and bicycle bridge would help connect the neighborhoods of Mayfair, Kenilworth, Parkside, Eastland Gardens and River Terrace get access to the National Arboretum much more easily. DDOT hopes to complete the bridge by 2021.

Do you have thoughts about the bridge design or location? Do you have other concerns? Attend a DDOT public meeting and share your voice on May 21 or May 22.

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May 23 - Join APACC for a conversation with DOEE about supporting community efforts to improve our streams and rivers

Do you want to learn more about getting a rain garden or rain barrel installed on your property? Are you interested in grants that support projects to improve water quality? Do you want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and what DC is doing to improve it?

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is co-hosting a meeting this Thursday, May 23, from 6:00-8:00PM with Washington Parks and People (an APACC member) on these topics. The Department of Energy and Environment will be there to learn from you how their programs can best serve your community while cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay through its “Watershed Improvement Plan.”

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