Photo courtesy of Rock Creek Conservancy
- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- Parks for People
- District of Columbia
- Year Accomplished:
The National Park Service works with Rock Creek Conservancy to connect people to the park for neighborhood-based stewardship. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, Rock Creek Park is just a walk or short ride away for thousands of people. The Conservancy has developed a "Stream Team" program in which people adopt and care for a section of creek or park. Now 25 teams keep a watchful eye on the park and each year mobilize groups and neighbors for over 50 conservation projects, such as trash cleanups and invasive plant removal.
The teams reflect the diversity of groups and neighborhoods in Washington, and children, families, and adults of all ages participate in volunteer events. For some it is their first time in the park. And many volunteers and groups come back again and again. One five-year old proudly announced that it was his third trash cleanup, and a public high school football team came out for a cleanup and enjoyed it so much that players have come back for multiple projects and now do practice runs in the park.