Washington Parks & People Overview
Programs: Josephine Butler Parks Center -- This unique 18,000-square-foot "greenhouse" for innercity revitalization serves diverse partners across the city and region with training and conference spaces, a multimedia lab, a funding and resource library, an incubator loft, after-school programs, performance and rehearsal space adjacent to America's first national park for the performing arts, and a headquarters for networking and building new alliances.Down by the Riverside -- Parks & People is leading a massive multi-year transformation of the city's longest municipal park and stream system into a model of urban environmental and community renewal. This effort is now being replicated in other large parks.Neighborhood Parks Initiative -- Parks & People provides technical assistance to community parks partnerships of all kinds, including fiscal sponsorship, volunteer coordination, performing arts production, media promotion, expansion of park curriculum for schools and youth groups, heritage tourism, funding counsel, boosting earned income, advocacy support, and organizational incubation and development. As part of this effort, Parks & People hosts such community parks partnerships as the Watts Branch Community Alliance, the Oxon Run Community Alliance, Walter Pierce Park, North Columbia Heights Green, and more.Blueways and Greenways -- Parks & People is leading efforts to link parks across the capital in greenway connections, centered on the Washington Ridge Crossing, a historic 28-mile innercity link now being advanced as part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.Heart & Soul -- Parks & People and its partners are using parks for model programs in health, fitness, and nutrition.Community Harvest -- Parks & People provides grants and technical assistance to community greening and garden projects across the city, and it helps advance community farm markets in under-served areas.
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