"Fall - not yet on Pennslyvania Avenue" byJoe Flood
Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a park? What is a park? Who are the necessary stakeholders that contribute in order make sure it reflects the needs of the community? Find out here and help shape the future of Forest Hills - the Broad Branch and Linnean Stream park. Join City Council-member Mary Cheh, District Department of Energy and the Environment, National Park Service, Casey Trees, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Potomac Appalachian Trails Club, among others, to work on the future of this park.
Also, a quick recap of a great outdoor event we attended earlier this week. Mappy Hour, together with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the North Face, pulled off an after-work gathering event at the North Face store in Georgetown where we reviewed and practiced the seven Leave No Trace principles. LNT reps gave detailed demonstrations of everything, from how to get rid of gray water -drink it - to how to sustainably deal with human excrement! We found the session highly engaging, informative, and interactive - we previously thought most LNT concepts were intuitive and familiar, but were pleasantly surprised to learn a few new things ourselves. Unfamiliar with LNT? Check out their Seven Principles to get started.
Warmly referred to by many Capitol Hill residents as the focal point of the neighborhood, Lincoln Park is a very accessible place to relax and connect with nature, and for many, only a couple blocks from their home. The biggest Capital Hill park is a mix of open spaces with old, tall, majestic trees, a playground, and several statues. It has many boxes ticked - dog-friendly, kid-friendly, runner-friendly, booklover-friendly, you name it. The history behind the park is also remarkable. The park is the first to bear President Lincoln’s name, with monuments to President Abraham Lincoln and civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune located at opposite ends of the park. The Bethune monument is the first to honor a black woman in a public park in the District of Columbia. It’s hard to say about Lincoln Park, “it’s just a park!”
One of the most photogenic spots in DC, the Constitution Gardens is a somewhat hidden and overshadowed park area featuring lush lawns and ponds brimming with wildlife. The park is situated between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, and only a short walk from the White House and other National Mall landmarks. You can cross a little wooden bridge at the middle of the park to arrive at the Signer’s Island, a memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
While it is in the middle of the National Mall area, the Constitution Gardens is pleasantly quiet with not so heavy foot traffic, making it ideal to slow down to take in the views of its weeping willows, serene waters, and flocks of geese, ducks, and other local and migratory birds. It's also a great place to exercise, there are lots of stairs, various pathways, plenty of space to avoid crowds. Please do not feed the wildlife though #LNT.
THURSDAY OCT. 13 | 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Bike + Brew @ RIGHT PROPER BREWING CO.
The Bike Rack DC is hosting anight of Gold Sprints, beer, prizes and friends. Gold Sprints are head-to-head races on stationary fixed gear bikes. A screen shows who is in the lead...the racers can't see it, but the crowd can! Two Wheel Bike Valet is providing free and secure bike parking. Just drop it off, and pick it up when you're ready to go. Participants will be able to win gift cards, growlers, free classes and among other invaluable prizes.
FRIDAY OCT. 14 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Moon Light Hike @ NATIONAL MALL
Join DC Sierra Club under the full moon to explore some of the monuments on the National Mall. The hike will start at the entrance of the Smithsonian Metro stop on the Mall. Hikers will criss cross throughout the National Mall and Memorial Parks stopping at several sites. Bring some warm clothing, something to nibble on and comfortable shoes. Leaders will provide trivia questions and chocolate treats! Total distance will be about seven miles.
Think you know D.C.? How about D.C. in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln arrived? Join this 2 hour tour of his life and death in D.C.. Meet Park Ranger, Steve Miller at the base of the Washington Monument eventually ending at Ford’s Theatre.