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Celebrate Breathing Life into Parks Week!

Soular Sundays

SOULAR SUNDAYS moves your body in so many ways.  This Sunday, get ready for yoga, double-dutch, hula hoops, capoeira and so much more.  See you in the Park!

Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-6pm

Marvin Gaye Park 

Learn More Here


Breathing Life Art Exhibition Opening

A unique exhibition exploring the unity of human and non-human form, featuring artwork from Michael O. Snyder of Interdependent Pictures and programming from Washington Parks & People and One Common Unity, D.C. based non-profit organizations with a unified mission to breathe life into urbang green spaces and connect urban communities to the earth.

September 18th, 7-9pm

Josephine Butler Parks Center

2437 15th St NW, WDC 20009



Acts of Arriving Series

Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround present a series of creative workshops and interactive performances in four locations across Metro D.C. investigating place, community, and the creative act of making a home.

@ Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park (2400 15th St NW, WDC 20008)

(sponsored by WPP)


Sunday, September 14, 1-3:30pm


Saturday, October 18, 3:45pm

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Park(ing) Day 2014

Come join us as we create an instant park in front of DC's Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (across from Freedom Plaza).  Councilperson Tommy Wells will once-again donate his parking space (and we hope others will as well!) in order to transform the asphalt into a new temporary green urban park on one of the nation's most famous Avenues! 

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Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Time: 8am to 3pm


Join us for our DC RidgeWalk for Parks

Join Parks & People for our walking exploration of DC lands, communities, and heritage.  Walk with us as we follow ancient Native American paths from the Potomac River fall line to the Josephine Butler Parks Center next to Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park. Along the way, help connect and celebrate DC as we walk for better parks and possibilities for all!  #DCRidgeWalk 

Date: September 20. 

Meeting point: 4940 Canal Rd NW, WDC 20007

Fletcher's Boat House at Fletcher's Cove

Time: 7AM-10AM


 Green Corps Cohort #9 Applications Now Being Accepted

The Corps provides intensive park-based job readiness in expanding and sustaining the urban tree canopy, remediating stormwater runoff, and restoring habitats in under-served areas.  This training program increases trainees' work and life skills, self confidence, and job contacts/resources/readiness.  Over 150 people have now graduated from the DC Green Corps.

Click here to learn more or contact for an application


Riverside Farmer’s Market Open
Riverside Center, 601 Division Avenue NE
Saturdays; 10-1pm


 Thank you, donors

Washington Parks & People expanded its donor base by 25% in the June 19 DoMore24 one-day online giving campaign.  

Every dollar and every donor counts at Parks & People.  100% of all donations go to impacts on the ground where the need is greatest -- transforming communities and lives through parks, community gardens, playgrounds, schoolyards, trails, and watersheds.  Your support helps keep growing the work and impacts that we love. 

You can magnify the impact of your gift to Parks & People by spreading the word to invite others to join you, by volunteering in the parks with us, by helping us advocate for urgent parks needs, and by holding an event in our award-winning historic facilities.


Giving Catalogue Honors WPP

For the third time, the Catalogue for Philanthropy has selected Parks & People as one of this region's best small charities. The Catalogue is widely considered the most trusted guide to giving in the Washington region, featuring the area's best, vetted, community-based charities for high-impact local giving.  Parks & People has also earned a Silver rating on the national GuideStar Exchange for its transparency and accountability.


Expanding Urban Agriculture

On Impact Day June 6, over 100 volunteers from Deloitte and the DC Green Corps dramatically expanded the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center organic training farm with 21 new beds.  Parks & People's Community Harvest program has now provided support to 60 community gardens and mini-farms across the city.  Check our Facebook and Instagram pages and make sure to follow and like us for more!



Join Autumn Ridge Walk for Parks!

Join Parks & People for all or part of this 16-mile Metro-accessible exploration of DC lands, communities, and heritage.  Walk with us as we follow ancient Native American paths from the Potomac River fall line across the Escarpment Ridge to the National Arboretum, Anacostia River, and the stream valley where Marvin Gaye began his life of music. Along the way, help connect and celebrate DC as we walk for better parks and possibilities for all!






Event Space

Originally built to be the home of the Vice President, the historic 40-room  Josephine Butler Parks Center offers a variety of packages and event spaces for all kinds of programs.  Our grand home, facing the sunsets over Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, has hosted hundreds of unique events over the past 15 years - from nonprofit and community events to weddings, celebrations, retreats, performances, classes, exhibitions, and conferences.   The Center was voted 2014 Best of DC Wedding Venue by City Paper readers.   Contact us today about holding your next event in this beautiful Renaissance-Revival mansion, or in our other facilities at the Riverside Center or greening sites.

About Parks & People

Washington Parks & People began 24 years ago with Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, receiving the National Park Service's highest organizational award for leading the transformation of the single most violent park in the capital region into one of its safest. We lead greening initiatives across the city -- massive land reclamation, native reforestation,  watershed restoration, public health and fitness programming, urban agriculture, and green job training -- to help revitalize once forgotten communities. Parks & People leads the Down By the Riverside Campaign at Marvin Gaye Park in the Watts Branch stream valley. Join the Parks & People Network or find out more about volunteering to help the parks today.

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Thank you to our Parks Center Partners.

We invite you to explore the programs and events at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, a multi-organization "greenhouse" for advancing green spaces and rebuilding communities.

Riverside Center/
Marvin Gaye Park

Meridian Hill/

Malcolm X Park

 Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center

Parks & People has opened DC's first community nursery, as a base of green job training, native environmental restoration, and sustainable urban agriculture.  The facility has already helped plant thousands of native trees across the city, and generated thousands of pounds of pesticide-free healthy food, and served as a base of job training for over 100 people.  


Your support allows us to continue to restore, improve, and advocate for urban green spaces throughout Washington, D.C.

SEED ($25)

TREE ($50) 

RIVER ($100)

PARK ($250) Tree planted in your name

FOREST ($500)  Open Space Sacred Places Book

COMMUNITY ($1000) Landscape design advice

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