Pop-up Arboretum Hanging Out in Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

City Budget Includes Jefferson Modernization and Neighborhood Upgrades

On May 30, the DC Council held its first vote on the fiscal year 2018 budget, moving forward with a budget that included several of Councilmember Charles Allen’s top priorities. This included an increase in the per-pupil funding formula to 3%; significant investments in affordable housing, public safety, and aging-in-place programs; and fully funding the […]

Paul Taylor Receives DPR’s Employee of the Year Award

Paul Taylor, a member of the staff at King-Greenleaf Recreation Center, recently received the DC Department of Parks and Recreation Employee of the Year Award. The citation reads, “For achieving an outstanding level of operational excellence, delivering exceptional internal & external service, innovation, and having a measurable positive impact.” Paul is the founder and executive director […]

A Celebration in Southwest

Omicron Eta Lambda President Thomas Davis conversing with a SW DC resident. OEL members compiling donated school supplies. Real Talk DC providing free HIV Screening. On Aug. 30, in a collaborative effort between the Southwest Community Forum and the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a joint Southwest DC Community Day […]

SWNA Fact Sheet

ONGOING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OUR RESPONSE Lansburgh Park: vacant, abandoned, crime-ridden, inoperable facilities SWNA organized a community visioning charrette, lobbied DC to build tennis courts, and sponsored groups who’ve worked with us to fund, build and operate a community garden and dog park. We also organize and support events such as movie nights, tree planting, […]

Construction of Southwest’s Dog Park Gets Underway

The construction fencing showed up in March, and now, at long last, the construction of a new dog park at Lansburgh Park is getting underway. The dog park, which will be located next to the Lansburgh Park basketball courts, will provide 10,000 square feet of fenced-in play area for the canine residents of Southwest and […]