Congresswoman Eleanor Norton will be hosting a town hall meeting this evening [PDF] to talk about our city’s parks with an array of stakeholders from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Wilson Building (aka City Hall) in room 412 . Many of our city’s parks are actually owned and administered by the National Park Service, a Federal agency, and not by the DC city government.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) All-Parks Town Hall tomorrow, October 25, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 412), will begin a community conversation on making National Park Service (NPS) parks in D.C. more neighborhood-friendly with a panel that has a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. The panel includes an NPS official (Steve Whitesell), a blog editor (David Alpert), a business improvement district executive director (Richard Bradley), a national urban parks non-profit executive director (Catherine Nagel), and a mother (Danielle Pierce). After opening the conversation, the panel will respond to questions and ideas from residents about enlivening their own green spaces to make them reflect the city’s diverse population.
“To cite a few examples, the District has some neighborhood parks full of children, others where single residents walk dogs and exercise, still others downtown and near downtown used by virtually every demographic, and some parks which simply offer peace, quiet, and nature,” Norton said. “We simply want to discuss how to make our neighborhood parks reflect us.”