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Capitol Hill BID Creates Pilot Program to Provide Extended Service Hours for Eastern Market Metro Park

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After the final ribbon cutting of the newly redeveloped Eastern Market Metro Park (EMMP), the parcels have exploded with public use and neighbors enjoying a new area “to walk to not just walk through”.  With increased activity in the Park comes a need for basic cleaning and maintenance beyond the 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. core service hours provided by the Capitol Hill BID (CHBID).

In addition to increased trash, there are now tables and chairs that need cleaning and resetting on a daily on basis. These extra tasks require the development of supplementary services to provide the extra time and attention needed to keep EMMP well-maintained for all.  Therefore, starting September 1, the CHBID will extend the service hours at EMMP until 7 p.m.

The BID has been in consultation with Councilmember Charles Allen in an attempt to develop a plan that will keep our new park sparkling.  The initial pilot program will run through Fiscal Year 2022 only (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022) and is designed to gauge the actual service needs of the newly activated area and to plan a collaborative solution for long-term funding of the extended services.  Partial funding for the pilot program comes from a PPP grant the BID received in July.

 

(photo credit: @louisedettman)