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Planters Grove A New Urban Park in NE Washington DC

By July 11, 2011

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As part of Planters 2011 "Naturally Remarkable" Tour, Mr. Peanut arrives in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 to open a new urban park, Planters Grove, in Northeast DC. U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and other local dignitaries will join Mr. Peanut and community members to celebrate the new park with a day of volunteer planting. As part of its tour, Planters is transforming underdeveloped and underutilized urban land into peanut shaped parks - vibrant, green spaces in an effort to advance the brand's values of healthy lifestyles and sustainability.

Located at 50th Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, Planters Grove features unique elements that promote sustainability and reflect the neighborhood's unique culture and heritage. These features include:
  • 39 newly-planted fruit and nut trees, in addition to 67 serviceberry trees, which expand Washington, DC's tree canopy, as well as provide health and environmental benefits to local residents such as improved air quality and lower summer air temperature

  • A border of reclaimed porch columns frames the park's unique peanut-shape and highlights the neighborhood's "front porch" culture

  • A rainwater garden collects storm water excess and helps decrease the amount of pollution reaching the adjacent stream

  • Azaleas incorporated into the park's design note the beginning of America's urban environmental movement, which began when Lady Bird Johnson responded to the plea of local eight-year-old John Hatcher for azalea bushes for his housing development.
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