The Panda Has Arrived at the Kingman Park Triangle!

Thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Kingman Park Triangle has a new resident:  a 600 pound Giant Panda made of fiberglass and resin, painted in a jungle theme.  The picture below is a sneak preview, as the Panda will remain covered until the September 11, 2011 day of service, so please do not disturb the panda’s covering.  If you see someone messing with the Panda, please report it to the police immediately.

The Panda reveal on 9/11 will be part of a Day of Service & Remembrance in which the Kingman Park community will work on beautifying the triangle with a sign, benches, flowers, and anything else members of the community are willing to contribute.

For more information on the Day of Service & Remembrance, read below:

The Kingman Park Community will clean and develop an unused “Triangle Park” in the community. The “Triangle Park” is located across from St. Benedict de Moore Catholic Church & School. (21st & D Streets and Oklahoma Avenue) Currently, the area is a green space; at times this area is used as a dumping ground for trash and debris. Over 30 years ago this area had a “Welcome” sign and benches. The KingmanCommunity would like to restore this area to a beautiful community space. This space will have a Kingman Park Sign, Art Sculpture and Benches.
Along with completing the beautification project we will incorporate the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Kingman Park Community will honor the memories of those who perished on 9/11 and to renew the spirit of service that encapsulated that national community after the attacks. The Kingman Park Community will share Official 9/11 National Day of service materials that will help the community learn valuable, heartfelt and constrictive lessons about the 9/11 experience and ways they can serve their community. Our goal for the Kingman Park Community is that we will gain renewed appreciation for the diverse communities in which we live; cultivate a deeper understanding of those who may be different from them; and develop a greater sense of service and compassion towards others in the community.
This project is sponsored by local organizations: The Kingman Park RosedaleCommunity Garden, Friends of Kingman Park and the Kingman Park Community members. Greater DC Cares will provide resources and supplies to build planter boxes. (Awarded a mini grant) Events DC will be donating four (4) benches for the area (Formerly Washington Convention and Sports Authority) DC Arts and Humanities will be loaning the Kingman Park Community a Sculpture for the space.
This project will be posted on, Serve DC, Greater DC Cares websites and fliers will be distributed to the surrounding communities to request donations and volunteers.  
The Beautification Project for Kingman Park Community is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2011- Day of Service and Remembrance. Donations are needed for this project: Time, Creativity, Design and Monetary. This project is sponsored by The Friends of Kingman Park, The Kingman Park Rosedale Community Garden and You!
Below is a list of items that are needed:
·         Volunteers from the community
·         Flower bulbs (perennials only)
·         Plants or Flowers (perennials only)
·         Donation of two (2) blooming trees (possible Crete myrtles, weeping cherry trees, hibiscus or any other blooming trees)
·         Large planters three (3) one at each corner of the triangle.
·         Garden tools (rakes, shovels, edgers, wheel barrel, weed whackers and other tools)
·         Masonry skills for the welcome sign
·         Monetary Donations (Checks or Money Orders made out to KingmanPark Rosedale Community Garden)
(Email Bob Coomber: to give a monetary donation)
Please note: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will be delivering the art sculpture on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. The sculpture will be covered in the triangle area until Sunday, September 11, 2011.
Thanks in advance for your time and support towards this project. If you can help out with any of these items, please email me and let me know.
Also, thanks to those who have already made donations, worked on the design and logistics and volunteers that signed up for this project.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Take care!
Lisa White
ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park Community