The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is hosting a Spring Open House on Saturday, June 8. The free event will feature a workday, workshops, and a potluck at the Fort Totten, Mamie D. Lee Garden in Northeast DC.
The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is a non-profit organization interested in creating a community of people interested growing food on a small scale in the city. They hope to improve underutilized public green spaces with gardens where the community can get their hands dirty.
The event on Saturday will allow visitors to volunteer in the Neighborhood Farm Initiative’s demonstration garden from 9 AM to 11 AM. The organization will supply garden tools and gloves, but be sure to wear clothes you can get dirty. After getting your hands in the soil, it
Play DC is a new plan to rejuvenate playgrounds in the city. Mayor Vincent Gray has allotted $35 million in 2013 and $4 million in 2014 to the effort, which is a partnership between the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS).
As part of Play DC, 32 playgrounds will be renovated by October 2013. There are currently 24 playgrounds under construction in all eight wards. Wards 3 and 4 both have the most park improvement projects with five each.
The initial renovations aren’t your run-of-the-mill slides and swings; they are exciting, themed spaces specially chosen for each neighborhood. In the wooded Takoma Park Playground (300 Van Buren Street, NW), the new play structure is modeled after a tree house. The
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