May 11 - Explore the Potential of Placemaking on a Community Walk to Kingman Island

May 11 - Explore the Potential of Placemaking on a Community Walk to Kingman Island

You are invited by the District Department of Energy and Environment on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am – 12pm for a Community Walk to Kingman Island to share your ideas for enhancing the journey from your backyard to the island. During the walk participants will explore pilot projects that can transform Ethel Kennedy/ Benning Road Bridge and the entrance to Kingman Island into vibrant social public spaces by adding temporary seating, plants, and art work to make the space more inviting and enjoyable.

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Lights of Freedom (NEW DATE) - April 16

Lights of Freedom (NEW DATE) - April 16

APACC member Washington Parks and People is hosting Lights of Freedom, an event where community residents and descendants will join with the National Park Service and DC Parks and Recreation to light over 2,000 candle luminaries in honor of thousands of African Americans who were buried in what is now Adams Morgan's Walter Pierce park after they gained their freedom during the Civil War. This event was rescheduled to April 16 at 7:00pm due to rain.

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See you at the Anacostia River Festival (rescheduled for rain!)

See you at the Anacostia River Festival (rescheduled for rain!)

The Anacostia River Festival has been rescheduled to this coming Saturday, April 20th, from 1:00-5:00pm due to forecasted rain last weekend. The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative will be there with an activity to help you brainstorm fun ways to take advantage of the amazing park resources in Wards 7 and 8!

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DC Water’s Expanded Assistance Program is Taking Applications

DC Water’s Expanded Assistance Program is Taking Applications

DC Water is encouraging residents and non-profits to take advantage of the new assistance programs that went into effect this year and which offer significant new opportunities for savings. The new expanded Customer Assistance Programs can help with water bills, including the increased costs of paying for the federally mandated cleanup of the Anacostia and Potomac River, along with Rock Creek.

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"Reimagining the Civic Commons" - 9 Ways to Build Better Cities Through Public Places

"Reimagining the Civic Commons" - 9 Ways to Build Better Cities Through Public Places

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is interested in the role that Anacostia Park and other open spaces in Ward 7 and Ward 8 of the District can play in improving our communities. We believe that the Anacostia River and its waterfront parks, as well as our other neighborhood parks, can provide immense benefits to residents if improved in the right way.

We aren’t the only people thinking like this. Four big foundations recently put $40 million into a project called Reimagining the Civic Commons that leverages “the power of the civic commons to produce increased and more equitably shared prosperity” in four U.S. cities. After working in several cities since 2016, this project has published some lessons-learned that apply very much to us here in the District.

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Funding available for DMV-based community groups to engage families of color in national parks and public space.

Funding available for DMV-based community groups to engage families of color in national parks and public space.

The Children & Nature Network (CNN) is a movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children and natural places can thrive.​ ​CNN is launching a new “Family Nature Club” program in which a community leader coordinates family outings in nearby parks and natural areas, exposing families to experiences they might not have had, and places they might not otherwise visit. CNN is offering community-based organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area stipends, technical assistance, training on promising practices, and peer learning opportunities to implement this program.

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DOEE is Hiring for Seasonal Green Jobs

DOEE is Hiring for Seasonal Green Jobs

The Department of Energy and Environment is hiring for several positions this summer to work with youth on community environmental projects. Applications are now open to become a staff member of the agency’s “Green Zone Environmental Program” , a great opportunity to work with District youth and gain valuable leadership experience.

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Workshop on Environmental Gentrification: The Case of Anacostia

Workshop on Environmental Gentrification: The Case of Anacostia

The overlap of environmental restoration and equitable development is at the core of APACC’s shared work. If you are interested in learning more about these issues from new perspectives, several Jewish organizations are planning a workshop entitled “Environmental Gentrification: The Case of Anacostia” on April 2 from 6:30-8:30pm.

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Coming this week: Mayor Bowser's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Coming this week: Mayor Bowser's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

According to her office, Mayor Muriel Bowser will present her “State of the District” address this evening before she presents her Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Wednesday. We hope that the proposed FY2020 budget will include funding that accelerates the cleanup of the Anacostia River, enhances parklands along the river and leads to equitable growth of neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8.

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Why History Matters in Equitable Development Planning

Why History Matters in Equitable Development Planning

The organization planning the 11th Street Bridge Park is an APACC member, and they were recently featured in a new article on Next City, “Why History Matters in Equitable Development Planning.” The article highlights a recent study done by the Urban Institute - also on APACC’s roster - that puts the equitable development planning efforts associated with the Bridge Park in historical context.

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