This morning, over fifty community members came together to "clean up and green up" Bladensburg. Organized by the B5 Initiative along with Friends of Quincy Run and Prince George's County, the event was a huge success.
Working with Purnell Hall of Bladensburg's Department of Public Works, the community identified areas of need for invasive species plant removal and broke out into three teams. Thirty high school students who use the Anacostia River to practice rowing took on Bladensburg Water Front Park, while local students from Parkdale HS and Bladensburg HS worked on the area next to the footbridge over Quincy Run.
The tot lot at 52nd Street between Annapolis Rd. and Quincy St. was reserved for B5 Initiative block captains and neighbors on the street, who came together to learn more about these invasive species and the harm they do to native plant life.
Tree of Heaven, English Ivy, Porcelain Berry, and Honeysuckle were just a few of the invasive plants we learned about during the combined training & service activity. This event was the first of a long series of training and interactive service opportunities the B5 Initiative will be providing to local resident leaders and community members. "When people walk by and see their neighbors at work, they want to chip in and help", says Meg Kiernan, one of the organizers. "We had eight different people stop while passing by to lend a hand and help. Two neighbors who live side by side met each other for the first time today while pulling weeds."
It was a glorious day to be a part of Bladensburg.