A beautiful day in the neighborhood?

If you grew up with Mr. Rogers, you understand the concept of neighborhood and how nice it is to live in a pleasant one — a friendly, clean one.

But what if your neighborhood looked like this?

This is Shepherd Parkway. And like it or not, if you live in or around Washington, D.C., this is part of your neighborhood. It might not be next door, but it is close enough.

Shepherd Parkway is a 205-acre wooded area in Ward 8. Managed by the National Park Service, the parkway is home to two bald eagle nests and it contains the remains of two historic Civil War forts. The oak, poplar, hickory and beech trees there are more than a century old.

Shepherd Parkway is also one of the most neglected areas in the capital. Over the years, it has become a dumping ground. Instead of flora and fauna, it is full of trash, debris and invasive species, all of which rob the land of beauty, all of which would make Mr. Rogers frown.

Some JMU alumni are helping to change Shepherd Parkway. On Oct. 20, the Metro Dukes Alumni Chapter will team up with the Congress Heights Community Association and the National Capital Parks-East to clean up Shepherd Parkway. The event will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. According to Bethany Pope (’07), one of the leaders of MetroDukes, volunteers will meet at Malcolm X Avenue and 2nd St. SE., which is just off 295 and close to Congress Heights Metro stop. Gloves, bags and a pizza lunch will be provided.

“Just plan to wear good shoes and clothes that can get dirty,” she says.

Will you make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood? Bethany has  made it easy to sign up.  She’s created a google form at this link:


Learn more about the Shepherd Park restoration at their blogspot: http://shepherdparkway.blogspot.com/


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One Response to A beautiful day in the neighborhood?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great project. I hope it inspires other alumni chapters (and individual alums) to look at their communities.


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