Also next Wednesday, Washington Parks and People will hold their annual Community Harvest. It’s a great occasion to celebrate the harvest, connect the #thinkoutside community, and get involved with creating a greener DC.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is an 8-mile trail that connects Union Station to Silver Spring, and passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods in Northeast DC. Our favorite and most used section of the trail is a 2.8 mile portion from Union Station to Franklin St NE, an area that is well marked and paved. On a typical weekday, the trail attracts about 800 users and provides an efficient, smooth, and green transportation alternative to commuters. Case in point - MBT comes to the rescue for cyclists while the Red Line is single tracking during SafeTrack surge! Runners love MBT too, though just a heads up that you will have little respite from the sun. The master vision for the trail is still a work in progress and there is an effort to increase the non-motorized segments as well as to make the overall trail bigger and safer. Bonus perks: seeing many sites of urban graffiti along the trail.
Rose Park in Georgetown is a beautiful, attractive, and inviting natural open space where families gather and play, neighbors walk their dogs, runners and joggers pass through, and groups enjoy sports activities. The park offers green grass, generous walkways, three tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, two playground areas, and substantial open space in an otherwise developed neighborhood. We came to appreciate the beauty of Rose Park even more when we learned about its history of uniting people outside to enjoy the outdoors. In the early 1920s, Rose Park was actually designated by the city as a "colored" facility but people ignored the segregation rules. The neighborhood came out and played sports, held folk dances, and learned crafts, fine arts, and music. Eventually, the sign "For Coloreds Only" was removed, and Rose Park became part of an official, successful experiment in non-segregation in the city.
FRIDAY NOV. 11 | 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Veterans Day Ride @ ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL
Join WABA and at-large D.C. Council-member Elissa Silverman on Veterans Day for a ride on the newly opened segment of the Anacostia River Trail! The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens trail segment connects Benning Road in the District with the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, about 10 miles out and back. The group will go at a conversational pace. Please bring your own bicycle and helmet (or plan to use Bikeshare), water, and snacks.
SATURDAY NOV. 12 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Covert Cupcakes Walk @ GEORGETOWN
This Saturday, local author and nature enthusiast, Barbara J. Saffir, will lead a 1.5 mile trek around Georgetown to discover the hidden gems featured in Barbara's newly published book, Walking Washington, DC. The walk will start and end at The North Face Georgetown store. She will guide walkers through the Southwest end of Georgetown to explore the historic neighborhood's granite cobblestone streets, federal-style brick row houses, and mash up of mansions. All participants will receive a free Georgetown Cupcake upon return to the store.
SATURDAY, NOV. 12 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Invasive Plant Removal @ MALVIN HAZEL EAST
Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service are teaming up this weekend to remove invasive plant species from the eastern section of Melvin Hazen Parks. Volunteers will meet at the end of Quebec Street NW, at approximately 2801 Quebec Street, where a social trail begins. Bring water. Tools and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them.
SATURDAY, NOV. 12 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fall Foliage Stroll@ ROCK CREEK PARK NATURE CENTER
Come ride the urban adventure that is DC! The ride adventures to all corners of DC and celebrates the parts and places of the urban landscape. The ride is 25-30 miles and travels at a pace of 10-15 mph that is mostly on flats but will include hills. There will be rests breaks throughout the ride. Ride leaves at 11:30 AM and returns no later than 3:00 PM.