The Washington, D.C. Planters Grove - located in Northeast D.C. - opened on July 12, 2011 with great support from the city and local community. U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other local dignitaries joined Mr. Peanut and community members to celebrate the new park with a day of volunteering as the final green touches were planted.
Located at 50th Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE, the D.C. Planters Grove is the second of three vibrant, peanut-shaped urban parks to be built this year through Planters partnership with The Corps Network. Working alongside local youth Corps members Washington Parks & People, Earth Conservation Corps and the Student Conservation Association, this Planters Grove builds upon the recent efforts in D.C. to redevelop the broader Marvin Gaye Park corridor into a hub of outdoor recreation and community engagement.
Reflective of the storied history of the area, the D.C. Planters Grove is framed with a border of reclaimed white porch columns to highlight the neighborhood’s “front porch” culture. Additionally, colorful azaleas added to the design note the beginning of America’s urban environmental movement, which began when Lady Bird Johnson responded to the plea of a local eight-year-old boy for azalea bushes at his housing development.
Please see below for some photos of the exciting day at the newestPlanters Grove: