What is APACC?

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) is a group of organizations dedicated to improving the Anacostia River Corridor. We envision a community-led, equitable redevelopment of the Anacostia River parks and adjacent neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8, as well as a thorough cleanup of the Anacostia River. The core concept of APACC is that it is community led, and focused on equity for the communities adjacent to the Anacostia River and its parks. APACC is not primarily about the Anacostia River; it is primarily about equity and the quality of life in adjacent communities, and restoring the Anacostia River and its parklands is central to achieving these goals.

Why Become a Member of APACC? What are some of the benefits of membership?

  • Connecting your organization to a network of professional community leaders in the fields of advocacy and public policy, community outreach and engagement, event planning, and grassroots organizing.
  • Events focused on community engagement around the Anacostia River and parkland, and health and environmental education
  • Briefings on local evolving issues, with a particular focus on issues affecting Ward 7 and 8 residents, including toxic sediment remediation of the Anacostia, community access to the river parklands, land use, affordable housing, jobs, and more
  • Opportunities to build relationships with government agencies and officials, and participate in discussions and other meetings with key elected and appointed officials
  • Opportunities to meet with and educate key decision-makers on critical issues, including legislative and budget considerations

The Anacostia Park & Community Collaborative welcomes your organizations ideas, participation, and membership. Join us to help build a truly creative and relevant coalition for the future of the Anacostia River.

Why Become a Partner of APACC? What are some of the benefits of a partnership?

Perhaps your organization is interested in a very specific part of APACC’s work, or a very specific partnership opportunity or you are unsure about making the full commitment we ask of member organizations. That’s ok! Your organization does not have to be a member of APACC in order to partner with APACC or APACC member organizations on activities of mutual interest. APACC is not exclusive! In fact it may at times make sense for all parties to partner on specific mutual interests rather than trying to fully come together. For example, fair housing advocates and APACC might want to partner on a one-time community outreach event, but it may or may not make sense for the fair housing advocates to become full members of APACC.