Mayor Gray, Mr. Peanut Open New Park

Mayor Vincent Gray and Mr. Peanut cut the ribbon on a new urban park in Northeast.

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Mayor Vincent Gray meets Mr. Peanut.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Mr. Peanut attend PLANTERS and The Corps Network "Plant" New Urban Park in NE Washington, D.C. on July 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Mr Peanut waves to people at the event.
Jesus Aguirre Director of D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation speaks at the event in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
The Lincoln Heights Planters Grove is the second of four Planters Groves to pop up in the U.S. this year as part of Planters 2011 “Naturally Remarkable” tour.
Mayor Gray spends some time with volunteers.
Volunteers and Mr. Peanut dig the ground at the new park.
The land’s revitalization builds upon recent efforts by the District to redevelop the broader Marvin Gaye Park corridor into a hub of healthy recreation, outdoor activity, civic participation and public-private partnership.
Located at 50th Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, Planters Grove features unique elements that promote sustainability and reflect the neighborhood's unique culture and heritage.
That includes 39 newly planted fruit and nut trees, in addition to 67 serviceberry trees, which expand D.C.'s tree canopy.
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.
A rainwater garden collects storm water excess and helps decrease the amount of pollution reaching the adjacent stream.
A border of reclaimed porch columns frames the park's unique peanut-shape and highlights the neighborhood's "front porch" culture.
Planters says it 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.
And finally, Mayor Gray and the Peanutmobile.
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