In Anacostia Park, the best exchanges between neighbors happen with music playing and burgers grilling. Despite historic underinvestment in the Park and its surrounding community, residents continue to gather there, reflecting a resilience that FoAP is transforming into an opportunity for all park-goers. Residents are in the driver's seat of park restoration efforts: FoAP trains older adults, returning citizens, and other underserved neighbors to lead invasive species removal and wetland restoration, preparing them for employment with regional partners. It also pays local residents a stipend to facilitate workshops and classes in the park that range from healing percussion to arts and crafts. Additional programming with partners — like tree planting, boat rides, late-night skating, and an environmental youth summit — builds an intentional community. The magic of FoAP is in its meaningful engagement: people for the Park and a park for the People.
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