Early last Monday morning, the trail was jammed with a different sort of traffic–113 rock-star volunteers who gave up their holiday to help make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day a Day of Service on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. We removed debris throughout the trail corridor, pulled bags and bags of trash from the ravine at Rhode Island Ave, trimmed vegetation, weeded the garden bed at Rhode Island, and cleaned the contraflow bike facility on R St. NE.
Check out some pictures from the event:
An impressive crowd of volunteers gathers to spend the day cleaning in the cold.
It takes many hands to ensure our trails are safe and welcoming spaces.
A team of volunteers hard at work uncovering debris.
The R St NE “contraflow” bike lane, after a much-need cleaning.
A volunteer hauls yet another bag of debris away from the trail.
More than one hundred people seen the holiday helping us out.
Volunteering to clean up trails is hard work, so a little downtime doesn’t hurt.
Every little bit helps and wheels make everything a little easier.
Just a few of our fabulous volunteers, posing near Rhode Island Ave. NE.
Huge thanks to Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School for help organizing and recruiting volunteers!
A successful cleanup effort means a lot of trash gets piled up for removal.
Many thanks to our event partner Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
, to Career Path DC, HITT Construction and the R St NE Cubesmart for donating dumpster space, to Friends of Edgewood and DDOT for advice and to Officer Tate of the Metropolitan Police Department for offering day of support. It takes a community to put on a community event!