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California and 18th St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
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The project website states that “the Memorial Tree Groves Project will pay lasting tribute to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 with one central and eight ward-based neighborhood memorial tree groves." This is one of the eight neighborhood groves that will be created both to remember September 11 and to celebrate the community that surrounds it. Reason site was selected. The Marie Reed Community Learning Center was selected as the official Ward 1 grove by the steering committee of the citywide project because it was the best site that met their specifications of wanting to improve an undeserved area in each ward. This Ward includes some of the most densely populated areas in the city, including the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The project hopes to improve the quality of the open, passive, and active spaces on the site. Their USFS proposal states, "the choice of this location as the Ward 1 grove site has acted as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the entire parcel." Events planned for site: Goodinson is planning for a community organizer who can help work with all of the pending satellite groves. All the sites are currently being surveyed to create base maps for initial site analysis and design concepts. Eventually, as the projects grow, there will be participatory design meetings, community plantings, dedications, and possibly ongoing events. The project remains to be shaped by the local stewards in concert with Green Spaces for DC and the parks department. Helping the school to reconceive its parcel and incorporate improved open spaces is an ongoing and valuable activity.