Ivy City celebrated Earth Day two days ahead of schedule this year as nearly three hundred people gathered at the local park to clean the neighborhood and commune around BBQ, music, and family fun. The date was Saturday, April 20th, and the food was fresh off the grill! Sponsored by local businesses and developers, the day was used to kick-off Ivy City’s Adopt-A-Block program, which enlists locals to take responsibility for keeping neighborhood streets clean. Douglas Development, New Columbia Distillers, and Gateway to Heaven Pentecostal Church have all adopted a block and joined residents in picking up trash on Okie, Fenwick, Capitol, Providence, Central, Gallaudet, Fairview, and Kendall streets.
After the clean up, residents gathered for a celebration under a beautiful spring sky. Children threw scores of frisbees and adults received blood pressure checks, two surprises provided by Walgreens staff who were on hand to participate in the event. Among other activities were balloon animals, bean bag tosses, and face painting, all of which resulted in a great time for Ivy City residents and their children.
Councilman Kenyon McDuffie arrived to share his commendation of Ivy City’s accomplishments, and ANC Commissioner Peta-Gay Lewis reminded residents that safe communities begin with clean communities. Marchim Williams and Carl Thomas of the Mayor’s office were also present, and they were followed by the Dancers for God, a troupe of artistic young ladies that graced attendees with an endearing choreographed routine.
The most spectacular display at this Earth Day Celebration was the camaraderie among residents, developers, and volunteer. Georgetown students worked side-by-side with local barber and caterer Rodney Glover to feed attendees. Residents pitched in with new homeowners to not only clean but also serve food. Housing agencies worked with local businesses to bring services to the community, and a much needed celebration took place in a neighborhood that has undergone a lot in the past two years. It was fun to watch and participate in such an inspiring event. At DC Habitat, we are proud to be Ivy City neighbors and look forward to the continuing evolution of this neighborhood and all others in which we work. Make sure to check out pictures of the event on our facebook page.
Special Thanks to: Commissioner Peta-Gay Lewis, Americorps members Ernesto Matal Sol, Kiersten Kelley, and Saundra Catalina, Chef Rodney Glover, DJ Kip Shelton, residents Ms. Veda Simmons and Ms. Jeannette Carter, Georgetown Habitat Volunteers, Pamela Mae Catalina, Young Marines, Dancers for God, New Columbia Distillers, Douglas Development, Mi Casa, Manna, and Byte Back for their attendance and involvement.