Whether it was a whole load of good karma, or just a
meteorological fluke, the rains that had been soaking Washington, D.C., all week stopped and
the gray clouds gave way to blue sky for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC)
Day of Service clean-up on the Met Branch Trail (MBT) last Saturday.
About 20 local residents, trail users, RTC supporters and
friends of the MBT rolled up the sleeves and pulled some serious
weeds, cut some unruly grass and generally tidied the place up. With summer
coming to an end, this yard work on a section of the trail between the New York Avenue and
Rhode Island Metro stops should keep the trail foliage tidy through winter.
Kelly Pack, director of trail development for RTC, has been
closely involved in the completion and continued maintenance of the MBT. She says Saturday's event was a perfect way to continue building an active community around
"It was great to see the variety of people we had putting
their hand up to be involved," she says. "Some people lived nearby, others
lived farther away but used the trail every day to get to work. The trail runs
right past the Catholic University of America, and so a few of the teachers and
faculty joined us. It really said something about the wide variety of people
the trail supports."
The NoMa Business Improvement District helped out with
clippers and maintenance machinery; a few residents brought their own
lawnmowers along, too.
As always, every good working bee needs tasty snacks and
cool drinks to keep the workers happy, so a big thanks to Kaiser Permanente for
providing food and refreshments.
Our friend Randall Myers took some great photos on the day. Visit our
MBT facebook page for pics and more info about how to connect with the MBT
Photo courtesy of Randall Myers.
I apologize for not coming... but the rains earlier in the week meant flooding in our basement, and I had to deal with that...
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