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Beat the Heat – Extended Hours at the Spray Park

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation will be extending hours for the Joe Cole spray park. The spray park will remain open until 9:00 pm, instead of closing at 7:00 pm on the weekdays. The extended hours will remain in effect until July 29, 2016.

You can find additional information on cooling centers and other resources to assist with the heat emergency on the DC DPR web page.

Stay cool and help neighbors that may be in need of assistance during the heat wave.

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson



DPR Food Distribution in Trinidad This Friday

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Capital Area Food Bank will be distributing food to families this Friday, January 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This will take place at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress Ave NE.

Please share this information with anyone you know that may be in need of fresh produce or shelf food items. The press release is included below for additional information.

DPR and Capital Area Food Bank Partner to Provide Food Distribution

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Gwendolyn Crump, (202) 288-6027,
John Stokes, (202) 288-7275,
(WASHINGTON DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the region’s largest hunger relief organization is implementing an emergency plan to meet the food needs of families across Washington, DC who may have run of food this week.

While DPR and CAFB partner to provide afterschool meals at certain sites, this is the first collaboration where they will provide food distribution at sites.

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to continue to help our residents in new, innovative ways,” said DPR Director, Keith Anderson. “Residents having access to healthy, nutritious food is important to us and this week our expanded partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank will assist those in need.”

“This is a time of real need,” said Nancy E. Roman, the organization’s CEO. “And the food bank is working flat out to meet that need. Our job is to meet food needs any way we can, that means being nimble, creative, and collaborative.”

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30, the food bank will make emergency food deliveries of fresh produce, shelf stable items and water to eight DC Recreation Centers across the city: Barry Farm, Bald Eagle, Malcolm X, Deanwood, Benning Park, King Greenleaf, Trinidad, and Fort Stanton.

The deliveries will be located at the parking lots of those recreation centers. It is first come, first served. Residents are encouraged to bring reusable bags.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, January 28th:

Fort Stanton Recreation Center(1812 Erie Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Malcolm X Opportunity Center (3200 13th Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Friday, January 29th:

Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street, NE), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 30th:

Barry Farm Recreation Center (1142 Sumner Road, SE), 10:00AM-12:00PM
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW), 10:00AM-12:00PM
Residents unable to receive food at these specified sites are encouraged to check the Food Bank Network to locate food assistance nearest to them.

The CAFB is also reaching out to their nearly 800 partners with direct distribution sites to identify and supply many of them with food.

For the latest information on the District’s response to the storm, residents should visit Snow.DC.Gov.
About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

Spray Parks to Close for the Season on September 7

You have another month to enjoy the spray park at Joe Cole Recreation Center. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced closure schedule for  spray parks, outdoor pools, and children’s pools. The spray parks will close on Labor Day, September 7th. Outdoor pools will start closing on August 16th.

Cool Off at the Joe Cole Spray Park

DPR kicks off summer this Saturday by opening all outdoor pools and spray parks, including the spray park at the Joe Cole Park. The water will be on from 10am to 7pm on weekends, then daily starting June 22nd.

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

Inspired to Garden?

Inspired by the Trinidad Neighborhood Garden Tour?flower power bulbs

Check out DPR’s Free Summer Garden Workshop Series & TNA’s Fall Bulb Sale

Flower Power Fundraiser

Wish you had spring blooms in your garden? Make that dream come true while supporting TNA’s neighborhood beautification efforts. Our annual Flower Power fundraiser offers a selection of bulbs that will be shipped directly to your door at the ideal planting time.

For every purchase you make, Flower Power gives 50% back to TNA. Click Here to Shop!

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 8.51.03 AMFree Garden Workshops

While you are waiting for your bulbs, check out The Summer Garden Workshop Series being offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through September. Workshops are free but registration is required.

UPDATE: Meeting on Trinidad Rec Center playground renovation: Tuesday, February 18

Trinidad Meeting 1 Flyer NEW DATE

The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to invite you to a meeting to discuss the renovation of the playground at Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE). The renovation is part of the Mayor’s Play DC initiative to provide children and adults with exciting, innovative, and inclusive play spaces.

The first phase of renovating a playground are planning and design. At this first community meeting, DPR and DGS will introduce the project and project team and solicit your feedback about your play space needs. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 pm at Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street NE.

For those unable to attend the meeting, we will also provide an online survey to solicit design ideas and input. You will be able to access the link through the project website:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact DPR at or by phone at 202-673-7647.

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