Friends of Joe Cole Rec.
Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center is owned and operated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. It is located at the corner of Morse and Montello Streets NE, in the Trinidad neighborhood. Named for the long-time DC Department of Parks and Recreation Director and the first African-American to hold this post, it is a testament to the neighborhood’s rich history. During his tenure, Joe Cole worked hard to establish neighborhood parks such as his namesake, so that residents could access recreation opportunities within walking distance of their homes.
The Friends of Joe Cole is a committee of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, and is organized by neighbors to identify both the needs and resources to support the community recreation center. Since the city’s recreation budget is not adequate to address the needs of this neighborhood asset, the Friends of Joe Cole was formed to bridge the gap.
The Friends of Joe Cole maintains a formal partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation in order to facilitate the improvement and beautification of the recreation center. We are the voice of the neighborhood.
The Friends of Joe Cole aims to:
Bolster programming for all members of the community, from young children to seniors, by leading classes and recruiting volunteer instructors, by organizing special programs and events, and by working with DPR staff to ensure a full roster of programming options.
Beautify the building and grounds so that Joe Cole is nice place to be, with regular clean-up days, gardening events, and anti-littering programs.
Engage community partners to bring our neighbors and local businesses and organizations together for the betterment of the recreation center.
Raise funds to provide equipment for programs and classes so that there is no barrier to participation, and to host community events at the recreation center for the enjoyment of all our neighbors.