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Washington D.C. - On Sunday September 23, the National Park Service (NPS) and its partners will celebrate the Healthy Parks Healthy People Initiative with a dedication of the Kids in Parks TRACK Trail program in Rock Creek Park. A 1.8 mile trail in Rock Creek Park will be officially designated a TRACK Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at Picnic Grove #2 west parking lot, located at the intersection of Beach Drive and Broad Branch. The event is FREE and open to the public.
The Kids in Parks TRACK Trail program is designed to connect healthcare providers and their patients with parks and public lands which will expand and strengthen the fight against obesity and reconnect youth and families with their natural environment. TRACK Trails is a program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation which offers outdoor activities for youth and present families with easily accessible ways to get outside for nature education and physical activity.
The ceremony will include remarks from Rock Creek Park Superintendent, Tara Morrison; Jason Urroz, Director, Kids in Parks, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; and Dr. Robert Zarr, past President, DC Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Following the ribbon cutting, Dr. Zarr, will write DC park prescriptions for children participating in the event. The TRACK Trail in Rock Creek Park begins and ends at the Picnic Grove #2 parking lot (4100 Broad Branch Road at Beach Drive NW).Event will take place rain or shine. All ages are welcome.
The event is one component of Rock Creek Park Day, the 122nd birthday celebration of Rock Creek Park.Discover and celebrate the parks natural and cultural history at this all day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Step back into time and see the water powered machine of Peirce Mill in action, get acquainted with the live animals at the Nature Center and much more.