Italian Embassy Welcomes Supporters of Dumbarton Oaks Park
It was a celebration of 27 Georgetown acres in need of weed warriors and nature lovers.
Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero and Mrs. Bisogniero hosted a standing room-only program and reception Thursday evening at the Italian Embassy to highlight the efforts of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy.
This non-profit organization, formed in 2011 is mobilizing private citizens and working with the National Park Service to restore Dumbarton Oaks Park, a piece of Rock Creek Park in the heart of Georgetown.
The Embassy of Italy is one of the neighbors of the Park. In fact, you can enter near the embassy from Massachusetts Avenue as well as from Wisconsin Avenue north of the Georgetown Safeway, or through the most popular route, from R Street near Montrose Park.
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, founder of the Central Park Conservancy, featured speaker, talked about returning New York's "purpose-built peoples' park" to its original splendor and how she plans to lend her expertise to restoring Dumbarton Oaks Park. Rogers was on hand following the talk to sign copies of her book, Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries.
The first steps in reversing decades of damage is recruiting volunteers, study the environmental impact and raising funds. In their first year, much progress has been made. The goal is to complete the restoration in five years.
For more information and ways you can help, contact Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy.