The CityParks Blog recently published an article about the health benefits of well-activated and frequently-used neighborhood parks. The study covered in the article found that increasing programming in parks and advertising about parks has a significant impact on how many people use them for physical activity.Read More
At the November 9 monthly APACC Assembly meeting, member organization representatives brainstormed ideas for potential collaborative project proposals utilizing our funds to support implementation activities. The APACC Assembly adopted initial parameters for the “APACC Fund” at the October monthly meeting in preparation for doing the work required to accomplish elements of the network’s work plan and building capacity towards greater collaboration.Read More
The people walking around downtown Anacostia and in Kenilworth, Eastland Gardens, and Mayfair and talking with residents and business owners about the latest environmental and community challenges and opportunities are getting a lot of great information. Who says people don’t know what they want in their communities?!Read More
Organizational news and other important info from APACC members Washington Parks and People, DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, DC Bridge Park, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and Building Bridges Across the River.Read More
Several APACC members have received funding to make things happen in the Anacostia River Corridor. Anacostia Trust, for example, is creating an engagement toolkit to test one method of resident around Kenilworth Park North. Anacostia Coordinating Council and partners are focusing on videography to make a difference.Read More
The race for the At-large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia is a hotly contested one this year. Come to the Year of the Anacostia Forum for At-large Council Candidates to hear from DC Council candidates their views on the Anacostia River, Anacostia Park, neighborhoods closest to the park and river, and other important issues.Read More
APACC member 11th Street Bridge Park and friends CNHED and BRIDGES are inviting those interested in ensuring longtime residents can benefit from development and not be pushed out to a free workshop on housing advocacy. The event takes place Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 pm at Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE). Register: bit.ly/housing-advocacy or (202) 670-6995.
Why we care
Equitable redevelopment of the Anacostia River Corridor, particularly ensuring that changes benefit and improve the lives and livelihoods of both current and future residents, is a central principle in APACC’s work. Changes—aka improvements—impact housing in a major way, too often pricing current residents out of the housing market. Like the workshop sponsors, APACC believes policies and practices must make a concerted effort to protect those who have lived close to the Anacostia River and Anacostia Park throughout the development process.
Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019, FY19) started October 1. As is always the case, some laws, policies, programs, and taxes change from one year to the next. Action—advocacy—on the budget is not done when the mayor signs it. To the contrary, once the fiscal year starts, the work is focused on making sure agencies implement the budget.
APACC and its members will be paying close attention to several elements of the FY 2019 budget and taking action when necessary.Read More
Art All Night Congress Heights was a blast! Michael Bochynski with Clean Water Action and Art Slater with Anacostia Coordinating Council talked with attendees about the future of the Anacostia River Corridor, sustainability, and more.
The verdict? Less violence, paddle boats in the river, and better signage in Anacostia Park were among the recommendations.Read More