NoMa Parks Foundation hosted their 5th Community Conversation where they revealed the winner of their park design contest and reviewed plans for the NoMA Meander. If the actual park looks anything like the renderings at the meeting, the design will rival the futuristic feel of Yards Park. Picnics in NoMa are in our future!
Located in Southeast DC, Congressional Cemetery is a untraditional place that bucks the idea that graveyards are only for funerals and mourning. While the 200-year-old historic and active burial ground has buried or memorialized over 65,000 people, it’s also named by the Washington Post as one of the “hippest graveyards in America.” It hosts a range of events from Movie Nights, Tombs + Tomes, Rest in Bees, Yoga Mortis, among others. In 2013, they hired 58 eco-goats to clear poison ivy, english ivy, and other plants from the ground. Cool, shall we go on? One of the most interesting things we found is that dog walking is a paid privilege here, and there’s even a waitlist for it. In fact, dog walkers play such a vital role that about 25% of their operating income derives from annual membership fees. In addition, they make up a major portion of the volunteer efforts, from spring clean-ups, to tree removals and archiving.
In the northeastern corner of Georgetown, lying along Rock Creek, the 22-acre Oak Hill Cemetery is a beautiful 19th Century garden park cemetery, rivaled by few in graciousness and a sense of community. With terraced hills and gently curved pathways, shaded by numerous mature trees, Oak Hill is enchanting and serene, a peaceful retreat for those looking to pay respect to the deceased or for those interested in a botanical jaunt with historical highlights. There are benches in most areas to rest, or sit quietly and reflect. If you would like to take your own tour of the cemetery, here is a wonderful map of all the notable grave sites. We think it’s particularly eerie to visit Oak Hill when it’s a bit rainy and one is surrounded by earthy, wet, natural smells; yet, on a sunny day, the cemetery is as much majestic. A parting note - dogs, bikes, motorbikes, food, drinks, and jogging are prohibited.
THURSDAY OCT. 27 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Summit Series Launch Party @ THE NORTH FACE
Join the American Alpine club for an exclusive look Northface's Summit Series product launch. Their will be live product demonstrations and a talk about the underlying intentions for the their latest high-end apparel and outerwear line. The American Alpine Club will join the conversation to tell tales of their adventures and discuss the benefits of specifically designed climbing pieces. There will be also be food and beverages, so come out for an exciting evening of adventure planning and technical-gear learning.
SATURDAY OCT. 29 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Stroller Mom Workout @ JONES POINT PARK
Join Stroller Mom Workout in Jones Point Park this Saturday morning for a S.L.A.M (Sweat Like A Mother) session. SLAM sessions are total-body workouts, that also focus on building a strong community with #SLAMkid playgroups, moms’ nights out, and so more! A large part of this park is covered with a bridge; giving us coverage from inclement weather – meaning we can Sweat Like a Mother (on a Saturday) rain or shine!!
SATURDAY, OCT. 29 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Neighbors, Food, Fun @ THE PARK AT LEDROIT
The LeDroit Park Civic Association, in conjunction with several local partners, is hosting a community get together this Saturday. All members of the community are invited and encourage to come out. The goal of the event is to position the Park at LeDroit as a place for connection. There will be several poetry sessions and musical performances throughout the day. There will be crafts and book reading for children and a Halloween costume parade. In addition, local non-profit groups, service providers, and DC government agencies will up be providing information about their services. HU Hospital will be doing health screenings and Walgreens will be doing flu shots.
MONDAY OCT. 31 | 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Trick or Trail @ ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL
To celebrate and inaugurate the newly completed segment of the Anacostia River Trail, you are invited to join #TrickorTrail, a fun bike ride to the ribbon cutting at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Costumes are encouraged! Groups of riders will be leaving from two locations in DC and Maryland on connecting trails to form a costumed caravan of cyclists for the official event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. There will also be a popup pitstop with coffee and treats at Bladensburg Waterfront Park!