Begun 25 years ago in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park by a range of community and parks leaders and organizations. Washington Parks & People led the transformation of the single most violent park in the capital region into one of its safest. Today, they lead greening initiatives across the city — massive land reclamation, native reforestation, watershed restoration, public health and fitness programming, urban agriculture, and green job training — to help revitalize parks and work for justice alongside local communities.
These Sacred Places have been an important step in reinvigorating areas deeply affected by blight. Sacred Places:
- D.C.’s oldest continuous park, Marvin Gaye Park has been restored to a place for people to enjoy with the help of Washington Parks & People.
- Formerly a vacant lot, Columbia Heights Green is now a model for converting spaces into productive sites of urban agriculture.