Thank you to the wonderful cleanup leaders and volunteers who participated in the 5th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup! We worked at over 70 locations along Rock Creek and collected more than 2,700 bags of litter, 85 tons of junk, 127 tires, and 7,400 plastic bags.
Many thanks to Montgomery County Parks, the National Park Service, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for their partnerships and the Chesapeake Bay Trust and REI for generous financial support for the cleanup. We are also grateful to cleanup sponsors KattenMuchinRosenman LLP, Giant, and The JGB Companies.
Over the past year, we took a hard look at how we could best move forward. We surveyed our members, conducted interviews, held focus groups, reviewed information, and debated possible courses of action. The result is a strategic plan that will guide our work for the next three years. We invite you to read the plan and join us in our work to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy!
Over a hundred volunteers came out to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day by volunteering with Rock Creek Conservancy. Kids and adults from across the area came out to make our parks more healthy and beautiful. And President Obama, who fielded 15 Cabinet members to participate in the National Day of Service, sent Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with us!
Rock Creek is a source of healing tranquility for Katie, a Montgomery County resident who visits the park every day to take one photo.
Read Katie's inspiring story and view her photo gallery here.