360 Volunteers Serve at Greenbelt Park
In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 360 volunteers from across DC, Maryland, and Virginia for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Greenbelt Park.
Situated just within the National Capital beltway, Greenbelt Park is known for its accessibility and peaceful surroundings. With over 170 campground sites, nine miles of trails, and three picnic areas, the park provides a great way for local urban residents to get out and explore our shared public lands.
National Park Service Deputy Director Denise E. Ryan and SCA President & CEO Jaime Matyas welcomed volunteers to the park for Earth Day service. Three-quarters of the day’s participants reported that they were volunteering with SCA for the very first time — while more than half had never been to Greenbelt Park.
Volunteers completed a range of projects at a dozen sites across the park. Groups repainted benches and picnic tables, refurbished campsites, mulched playgrounds, and cleared 2.5 tons of tires and other debris. Other groups removed invasive garlic mustard, cleaned out water bars and culverts, and repaired three bridges to restore access to favorite park trails.
Despite cloudy skies and chilly temperatures, energy levels stayed high and volunteers accomplished an enormous amount of work to help this popular park space prepare for another busy summer season.
Special thanks to American Express, the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Davey Tree Expert Company.
Thanks also to all the volunteers who joined the day from the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince Georges Community College, ACT-IAC, Alarm.com, Alice Deal Middle School, Alpha Phi Omega, AmeriCorps, Avalon Consulting, Boy Scouts of America Troop 29, CUNY SPS, DeMatha Catholic High School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Dunbar High School, E. L. Haynes High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Frederick Douglass High School, George Washington University, Girl Scouts of America (Troop 1165, Troop 1724, & Troop 3758), Gonzaga College High School, the Greenbelt Park Trail Crew, High Point High School, Holton-Arms School, International Monetary Fund, John Eaton Elementary School, Kenmore Middle School, Literacy Lab, National Collegiate Preparatory High School, Oxon Hill High School, Parkdale High School, Roberto Clemente Middle School, The Severn School, Suitland High School, T. C. Williams High School, Takoma Park Elementary School, University of Maryland – Terrapin Trail Club, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
See more photos from the event on SCA’s DC Facebook page.