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.
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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.
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Mr Peanut waves to people at the event.
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Jesus Aguirre Director of D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation speaks at the event in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
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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.
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Mayor Gray spends some time with volunteers.
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Volunteers and Mr. Peanut dig the ground at the new park.
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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.
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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.
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That includes 39 newly planted fruit and nut trees, in addition to 67 serviceberry trees, which expand D.C.'s tree canopy.
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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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A rainwater garden collects storm water excess and helps decrease the amount of pollution reaching the adjacent stream.
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A border of reclaimed porch columns frames the park's unique peanut-shape and highlights the neighborhood's "front porch" culture.
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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.
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And finally, Mayor Gray and the Peanutmobile.
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