October 2023

Volunteer Highlight - Kent Fothergill & Kelly Tindale

This October, we highlight Kent Fothergill and Kelly Tindale. Kent and Kelly started volunteering with the Department of Parks and Recreation over three years ago after relocating to the area. They were looking for outdoor activities during the pandemic and stumbled upon Bladensburg Waterfront Park and its kayak rentals. On Kent and Kelly's first ride out on the Anacostia River, they were astounded by the large amounts of trash and debris found. Kent stated he "couldn't believe that people just disregarded objects such as bottles, tires, furniture, and small appliances into the river."

This ride sparked Kent and Kelly's drive to make a difference! From here they started to go out weekly and pick up whatever they could! Three years later they have recorded 500+ volunteer hours with the Department and have pulled over 500 tires from the Anacostia waters. "I never thought I'd be cleaning the river but here I am," said Kelly.

While they have a passion to volunteer and clean the river, Kent stated he would love to educate the public more about the river. Kent states "Anyone can come out and pick up trash. However I want the community to have the education on the Anacostia River to understand why this is so important, so that it is as meaningful to them as it is to me."

Kent Fothergill, Kelly Tindale, and their dog Anacostia, 2023

Pictured Above: Kent's kayak with trash collected

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join us Saturday, October 21 for Good Neighbor Day. This annual day of service is a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)with over 39 service opportunities for volunteers in College Park and beyond!

Service opportunities are approved for Prince George's County Public Schools student-service learning hours.

Sign up today at oce.umd.edu/good-neighbor-day

Discover the rich and diverse culture of Native American Indians at this year’s American Indian Festival! Come out and enjoy a day full of excitement, musical entertainment, vendors, and more. Admission is free! Mark your calendars and spread the word!

Volunteer opportunities are available! Prince George's County Public Schools student service-learning hours are approved for this opportunity. Click here to sign up today!

The Department of Parks & Recreation is building a new playground in partnership with KABOOM!, and you are invited! Join us November 13 - 16, at Fort Washington Forest Community Center as we come together to bring this new play space to life!

No experience is necessary. Sign up today at pgparks.com/volunteer

Attention Youth!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation’s College Park Aviation Museum, as we honor Latinas in aviation. Watch as pilots featured in the Latinas in Aviation book fly into the College Park Airport and share their unique experiences and passion for aviation.

Explore static aircraft displays, interactives, presentations, children’s activities, mentorship circles, and scholarship opportunities throughout the event.

Visit pgparks.com for more information.

Applications are now open for the 2024 Alsobrooks Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) hosted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks! AYLI is a 20-member body of Prince George’s Proud youth (ages 14-17, grades 9-11) from throughout the County.

The program is an intense immersion-learning opportunity for forward-thinking young people who want to invest in their personal and professional growth while giving back and paying it forward!

For more information, click here.

Get Ready for the Holidays

Come out on Saturday, November 4, 8:00am-10:00am for our annual Jug Bay Run for Wildlife at Patuxent River Park! The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages runners and walkers of all abilities, ages, and skill levels to come together, enjoy the outdoors and be active in our natural park settings.

Proceeds from the run and walk directly support projects, research, conservation, and education in the Patuxent River watershed. To register visit pgparksdirect.com

Help families in need by running or walking through the beautiful Winter Festival of Lights!

This year, register to walk or run through the almost 3-mile course and see the dazzling displays up close. Your registration fee will provide a family in need with a holiday turkey.

Registration available at pgparksdirect.com

Enjoy a unique experience RIDING your bike through the Winter Festival of Lights! Experience dazzling scenes that celebrate the magic of the holiday season! For safety, bike lights and helmets are required. Costumes and bike decorations are welcome! No vehicles will be allowed during this time.

Registration is limited to 1000 riders. Sign up today! To register, visit pgparksdirect.com

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