Wow, what a wonderful weekend we had, commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and celebrating 5 years of partnership with the National Park Service! We will share information in the next week or so about how many visitors we reached, how much money we raised for the Park, and exciting news we heard about restoration plans in a few years.
Today, I'd like to share a few things we might have told you about earlier, if only we weren't so focused on the Anniversary. Read on to learn about:
East Potomac Park Traffic and Safety Improvements
The National Park Service seeks comment on their proposed traffic safety improvements to Ohio Drive through East Potomac Park, right across the Washington Channel. There will be an informational online meeting on:
Tuesday, April 19
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Comments will be accepted through May 19.
Read NPS's News Release for more details about the proposed improvements and to comment.
City Nature Challenge April 29 - May 2
Discover nature in your urban park! The annual City Nature Challenge takes place Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2 this year. Join Master Naturalists Bill and Corinne Irwin as we We'll talk about the City Nature Challenge, share tips & tricks for using the iNaturalist app, then search for native plants and animals in Titanic Memorial Park and Eleanor Holmes Norton Park next door. We'll have two sessions (you only need come to one):
Friday, April 29
Sunday, May 1
8:00 am (for early birds, so we can catch some early birds!)
Please sign up on our Events page.
We now return to our regular volunteer opportunities. We have a few:
Demonstration Garden Watering (Harbour Square Residents only) - We'll do weekly watering to make sure the new plants get established well. You sign up for a week, and can choose when to water around your schedule. Paddy or I will give a quick training session if you are new to this task. Sign up using Signup Genius.
Landscaping Maintenance - We often have small tasks to do, like weeding, trimming shrubs, and planting. Unless it's a big job, we don't post these as formal events on the website. Sign up to be on the Landscape list, and we'll contact you when help is needed.
Visitor Counts - We count visitors twice per week, and each shift takes only 15 minutes. Visitor counts are used to estimate the number of people who come to the Park, and the activities they do when here. The information helps us plan for future restoration of the park, and to justify the need for investment. Sign up to be on the Visitor Count list, and we'll contact you for training and support.
Already trained? Then Sign up for Shifts using Signup Genius.
Painting Benches - We paint benches twice per year to keep them in good shape. Stay tuned for scheduled painting parties later this year.
We would love to get your photos from the Titanic 110th Anniversary events. We'll post these on the website and or use with e-mails. If you have just one or two great photos, email them to [email protected]. If you have more than a couple, please send us a link to an online photo storage site. Make sure you tell us how you would like us to write the photo credit!
Next week: A re-cap of the 110th Anniversary!
Just a reminder: We'll be sending weekly emails to keep you up-to-date for about 2 more weeks. We'll go back to monthly emails in May.
Corinne Irwin, Chair
Friends of Titanic Memorial Park
Proud partner of the National Park Service