On Saturday April 28th, the Friends of the Titanic Memorial Park (FOTMP or the Friends), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy worked to make improvements to the beautifully-designed, mid-century modern Titanic Memorial Park. The volunteer work included finish painting of park benches, planting flowers in the planters as well as surveying and documenting the water-related infrastructure. NPS crew leaders led the painting work and worked on the first step of a future masonry project to rehabilitate the sunken wells.
NPS Volunteer Coordinator for the National Mall and Memorial Parks James Pierce coordinated the volunteers and NPS Partnerships Specialist and community liaison to the Friends Rae Emerson was on hand to assess park conditions, consult with crew leaders and plan future projects.
The Friends, co-founded last year by Corinne Irwin and Donna Hanousek, in affiliation with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) have a formal agreement with NPS and assist it with park clean-up, planting, conditions assessments and planning.
Since The Wharf has opened, more people are finding and enjoying Titanic Memorial Park. In case you are unsure where the park is located, it can be found along the Washington Channel between N and P Streets SW. Walk west toward the water from the intersection of 4th and O to the Titanic Memorial, then turn right and proceed towards the new Southwest Waterfront Park at N Street. The entire stretch of property is the Titanic Memorial Park.
Donna Hanousek is a Co-Founder of the Friends of Titanic Memorial Park (FOTMP) Organization. Reach her through the website or Facebook pages.