Department of Public Works (DPR) hosted its 2nd annual park partnership meeting at Reynolds Recreational Center. Representatives from community groups to include the Michigan Park Citizens Association (MPCA) participated in the half-day discussions. Led by Kathleen Rehwaldt, DPR staff members outlined its master plan update which addressed Parklands, Recreation Centers, Aquatic Facilities, Outdoor facilities, Programs, Trails to include bikeways, and Natural Areas (see attachments). Broad steps for each element of the master plan were discussed.
Additionally, invited speakers addressed specific programs to include Green Spaces for D.C (greenspaces4dc.org), Love My Block grants by Jeffery Richardson of Serve DC and Washington Parks & People (washingtonparks.net) by Steve Coleman. Mr. Coleman related the fascinating story of the community’s successful efforts to make the Meridian Hill park safe for residents following a surge in homicides, an accomplishment recognized by President Bill Clinton during a visit to the park in April 1994. MPCA is a park partner with DPR for care and maintenance of the triangle park at Michigan Avenue, 12th Street NE and Shephard Street NE.