This year, with the support of the Department of Parks and Recreation, we engaged Columbia Heights residents at over 85 free and accessible community events and activities, not only at the Civic Plaza, but also at Girard and Unity Parks, at the Columbia Heights Rec Center and at Lamont Park in Mount Pleasant. We coordinated inclusive, multi-generational fitness classes, family entertainment nights, musical and cultural performances, community meals, book sales, community swaps, and more.
In June District Bridges hosted the 14th annual Columbia Heights Day with three different activation zones throughout the neighborhood, including one at the Civic Plaza. Each zone offered local food and vendors, live music, and family-friendly entertainment.
The 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony celebrates neighborhood pride and the fact that good things can come in small packages with the lighting of Tiny Timber, our viral neighborhood Holiday Tree. If you feel inspired head over to the DB shop and buy some Tiny Timber merch. The proceeds go towards supporting our plaza work!
In 2023 District Bridges is undertaking a multi-part community survey plan, in which we are collecting data from residents, business owners, and community organizations through community conversations and surveys about public space usage in Columbia Heights. The goal is to use these surveys and focus groups to better understand stakeholder priorities around space usage, and to engage with diverse groups of residents who may be interested in becoming involved with District Bridges’ work.