Washington, DC has the continent's highest percentage of public, urban green space, yet vast sections of this extraordinary resource are under-used, especially in DC's poorest neighborhoods. Washington Parks & People works to reconnect and revitalize green spaces and communities DC's most forgotten assets. Down by the Riverside is transforming Marvin Gaye Park, the District's longest municipal park, and other green spaces along the Anacostia River. Other WPP programs that have grown significantly include the DC Green Corps park-based job training program, Community Harvest urban agriculture program, and programs at the community "greenhouse" in the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Mobilizing thousands of volunteers, WPP transforms open-air drug markets into outdoor farmers markets; places of youth violence into vibrant playgrounds where residents can enjoy music, dance, theater, after-school programs, and even job training; and abandoned lots into revitalized community meeting places. From Meridian Hill to Marvin Gaye Park, WPP has demonstrated that parks can be green engines to help communities meet vital human needs. Your generous support broadens and deepens its impact all across the city.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; Adams Morgan; Burrville; Columbia Heights; Congress Heights; Deanwood; Eastland Gardens; Far Northeast Boundary; Hillbrook; LeDroit Park; Lincoln Heights; Mount Pleasant; Shaw

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: H.D. Woodson; Aiton; Drew; Maya Angelou; Kelly Miller; Friendship Edison Collegiate; Cardozo; KIPP; Gonzaga; IDEA; Cesar Chavez

Notes: Washington Parks and People also exchanges best practices with Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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