A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out for National Public Lands Day on September 28! 

Recent News & Upcoming Events

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Wednesday, October 2nd - 2013

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk is delayed. The District and Maryland Departments of Transportation jointly re-advertised Sept 27, 2013 for contractor bids on constructing the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with alternative design/construction criteria. All construction bids for the project received on August 6, 2013 were cancelled. - See more at: http://www.anacostiawaterfront.org/news/#sthash.wKDQbx9t.dpuf


Kenilworth-Parkside Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

Wednesday, October 9th - 2013

The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program is designed to catalyze critical improvements in neighborhood assets, including vacant property, housing, services and schools. DC Housing Authority submitted an application to HUD for approximately $30 million in Choice Implementation funding on September 10th, and its draft Neighborhood Transformation Plan on September 13th, 2013. The Transformation Plan, incorporated into the application, was the result of the extraordinary work and support of many parnters, including Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for over the past three years. Unforuntately, Kenilworth-Parkside Choice Neighborhood Initiative Program application for Implementation funding was not selected by HUD as a finalist in 2014. DCHA is committed to moving forward with or without HUD funding and, together with you, will arrive at a strategy for the implementation of the ambitious and creative plan we all developed together.


Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Competes for $20K of Donated Design Services on May 17

Tuesday, May 6th - 2014

We are thrilled to be selected as a finalist in MakeDC's first ever Designing Dreams competition! Please join us on Saturday, May 17 from 5-8pm, and cheer us on as we compete against six other finalists for donated design services to engage the community in developing a plan that would dramatically increase and enhance public access, expand the visitor experience, and increase vibrancy at the park. We need you. Audience participation will be part of our success! Details and tickets at: http://www.makedc.org/#!designing-dreams/cfva


July 15 Annual Water Lily & Lotus Festival

Saturday, July 15th - 2017

Join us for the park's signature summer event - The Water Lily & Lotus Festival! We'll have music, cultural arts and crafts, live animal exhibit for kids and more! The lotus will be in full bloom and we'll need volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day to help with set-up & take down, organize events, and orient visitors. Please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/vpT5CfUB9f

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July 22 Lotus Jazz Night

Saturday, July 22nd - 2017

Join us for our second annual Lotus Jazz Night! Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, National Capital Parks-East and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative are hosting a Lotus Jazz Night featuring incredible live jazz at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to celebrate the end of this year's week-long Water Lily and Lotus Festival. Bring family, friends, and a blanket and picnic to enjoy this amazing show along with the jaw-dropping backdrop of the pink American lotus.

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September 10 Volunteer Day - National Day of Service and Remembrance for 9/11

Sunday, September 10th - 2017

Join us as we partner with the Student Conservation Association to commemorate the 9/11 National Day of Service and Rememberance at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. At this special event we'll be cutting lotus for removal later in the month, removing invasive plants and prepping the gardens for the fall season. FREE lunch and t-shirts for all volunteers. Register to join us at http://FindYourParkSCAdc.eventbrite.com to complete the online volunteer waiver. QUESTIONS: Contact Roland Richardson, SCA Events Coordinator, atrrichardson@thesca.org or 703-842-4234.

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