I spent this afternoon volunteering at the free Anacostia River Festival in Anacostia Park. The first annual festival--organized by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service, and held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival--brought together DC residents and visitors from across the region to learn more about river ecology and communities along the Anacostia River. Inside the park there were musical performances, a bike parade, crafts for children, and activities on the water including dragon boating, canoeing, and fishing. At the Anacostia Arts Center and next to the DC DHCD building on Good Hope Road, SE there were additional activities. It was a beautiful day and an impressive family-oriented event. Leadership at the 11th Street Bridge Park and THEARC really is managing to unite diverse communities. They are creating ecological awareness around the river and its watershed, and inviting everyone to get to know our community.
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