Sometimes the best way to get to know a place is to roll up your sleeves, take a look around, and set to work making a small part of it better. This weekend, an intrepid crew of volunteers joined our Trail Ranger team to do just that on the Suitland Parkway Trail. The aging trail – stretching from the Maryland line to near the Anacostia Metro – certainly has its share of difficulties, but after Saturday’s efforts it has a little more spring in its step. Beginning with a short ride from Yards Park near National’s Stadium to the trailhead, the group saw firsthand the somewhat odd route from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the trail alongside the Suitland Parkway. Seeing it on a map is one thing. Experiencing it from the ground level helps explain why the trail is underutilized. The fact is, it can be hard to find. The recently announced future trail connection will be a huge step forward for mobility on and around the parkway. Once at the trailhead, our focus turned to improving the trail that we have today. Armed with rakes and shovels, loppers and saws, our team dug back over 100 feet of trail edge from an eroding trailside, removed a quarter mile of overgrown branches, and cleared another quarter mile of trail debris, gravel, and trash. Thanks to our volunteers the Suitland Parkway Trail is in better shape than it has been in months!