Make Forest Hills Park part of a #TrashFreeDC this Saturday, April 21 #trashfreedc

Tracy Johnke

Winter and a LOT of play have left Forest Hills Park (at 32nd and Chesapeake Streets) in great need of a good scrubbing. It's a big job, and we at Friends of Forest Hills Playground have some big partners for this Saturday's cleanup.

The DC Mayor's Office (which is promoting April 21 as a citywide #TrashFreeDC cleanup day), Rock Creek Conservancy (fresh off its 10th annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup) and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation are providing tools and resources. Now we need volunteers. 

The Forest Hills Park cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to noon, will include: 

- Picking up litter throughout the park, including the baseball field and the treeline along Brandywine Street.
- Clearing invasive English Ivy, which threatens trees throughout the DC area.
- Sweeping up sand that has strayed from the popular playground sandbox.
- Raking leaves and other debris from the playground and tennis and basketball courts.

This is an all-ages cleanup with the exception of the English ivy work. Student service learning (SSL) hours are available. 

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DPW and Rock Creek Conservancy are providing some rakes and brooms. If you have these tools, please bring them to ensure there's enough to go around. Thanks go also to the Erich Cabe Realtor Group, which is bringing coffee, and Sofitel Lafayette Square is providing snacks for the volunteers. 

Friends of Forest Hills Playground's mission is to keep this park beautiful, and allow people of all ages and all stages of life to enjoy it. With your help this Saturday, the park will be that much more enjoyable and a greater asset to the neighborhood.

Contact us: foresthillsplayground@... [foresthillsplayground @ gmail dot com]
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Tracy Johnke
Connecticut Avenue