Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Georgetown Waterfront Park continues to capture the hearts of residents and visitors alike, for its beauty, for its views, for its calming walking paths. We feel so grateful that our park has become so beloved.
The needs to maintain the park are never ending, and sometimes quite steep for a federal agency. Your 2017 contributions to Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park have continually made a difference in keeping our park safe and clean. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to raise $375,000 to enhance the appearance of the iconic fountain at the entrance to the Park, and to improve fountain access and safety for all who enjoy splashing in the spray.
Donor contributions provided the matching funds FOGWP needed to qualify for a $ 140,000 grant from the D.C. Office of Planning for the fountain improvement project. The Georgetown Business Improvement District and the National Park Service also contributed towards the funds needed for this project. The fountain work will begin in the fall of 2018, and will be completed in the spring of 2019.
Funding the fountain improvement project has been FOGWP’s top priority for several years, but we have also continued to address the ongoing landscape maintenance needs of this the heavily-used and much-loved Park. For example, in 2017 we supported the replacement of two overgrown sections with Pollinator Gardens, one pictured above. These busy and beautiful gardens, which came into full bloom in the summer of 2018, attracted bees, butterflies, birds and human visitors all summer. Other areas of the Park will need similar renewal in the coming years and FOGWP will seek to support the NPS to keep the landscape vibrant and healthy.
FOGWP is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. We use nearly every dollar we raise to help maintain and improve the Park. We hope you will join us in supporting the Park by contributing to our annual appeal. If you would prefer to donate by check, please mail your donation to us in the enclosed envelope.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you in the park sometime soon.
Sincerely yours, Ann Satterthwaite
Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park