October 15th, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
During this difficult pandemic year, Georgetown Waterfront Park has been an essential place for a daily walk or run, for gazing at the peaceful river, or for “socially distanced” visits with family and friends.
With so many adults and children working and learning at home, the Park has seen record-numbers of visitors seeking a respite from in-door activities in a beautiful riverside space. The park welcomes these many visitors, but increased use of the park requires additional landscape maintenance, more frequent trash collection, and new public safety patrols.
Each year, Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park works with the National Park Service to preserve and improve the park. With your help in 2020, we completed repairs on the iconic fountain, which we look forward to enjoying again in the spring. In addition, in 2020:
- We began a new public safety patrol on weekend and weekday evenings, to insure the peace and safety of park visitors.
- We have been working with Georgetown Heritage on an interpretive education program focusing on the history of the Georgetown Waterfront and the C&O Canal.
- We are meeting with D.C. Water to find ways to reduce the impact of the proposed combined sewer project on the park, and with community organizations to address K Street traffic issues.
- We are planning to install a special bird house to attract Purple Martins, a threatened species, to the Waterfront Park, and we continued to cultivate the newly planted pollinator gardens.
We need your help to continue these initiatives. FOGWP is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. We use 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.
You can donate via credit card by selecting the “Donate” tab on FOGWP’s secure website: www.georgetownwaterfrontpark.org. If you 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. Stay well, and we look forward to seeing you in the park sometime soon.
President, Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park