Rock Creek Blog
Since moving to a house next to Rock Creek Park three decades ago, the Park has been my source of peace--the place I go to clear my mind and subdue the stresses of life.
Although circumstances in those 30 years have forced me to make dramatic changes in the ways I enjoy the Park, it remains a source of comfort and wonder.
Initially I lost myself in long solo runs on trails or on Beach Drive (thank you, National Park Service, for closing it to traffic on weekends and holidays). I loved the crunch of dirt and stones underfoot and the cacophony of cicadas and birds hidden in the branches.
Thank you to the Montgomery County Council, the County Executive, and all of you who stood up for trees! On July 23, the Council passed two bills that are good for Rock Creek. One will help preserve the county's tree canopy as whole. The other will promote and protect roadside trees in the County right of way. Nearly 80% of Rock Creek is located in Montgomery County, and trees in the surrounding urban areas and neighborhoods soak up runoff that damages and pollutes the creek. Rock Creek Conservancy and its supporters helped push for this important legislation. We encourage you to thank the entire Council for their action.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the successful social media campaign to win historic preservation funds for Meridian Hill Park--a spectacular unit of Rock Creek Park on 16th Street NW! The funds will stabilize and repair the grotto at the 16th Street entrance.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Meridian Hill Park--also known as Malcolm X Park--to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative of American Express and the Trust.
On September 15, I led my first stream cleanup with Rock Creek Conservancy, and it was not a typical cleanup. We participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup and had to record every item that we put into our trash bags. The Ocean Conservancy is compiling data on all trash collected from all the cleanup sites worldwide, including Rock Creek, and will publish a report of the most common trash found.