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“Discover Chinatown Parks” Once Again Transforms Chinatown and Milian Parks into Summer Destinations

Wednesday May 29, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2019

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Heather Rosson
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WASHINGTON, DC – “Discover Chinatown Parks” is back for a third season this summer, bringing free Friday night block parties and movie nights, tai-chi, a weekly farmers market, children’s story hour and more—all provided through a unique partnership among the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA).

“We are thrilled to be bringing back our entire Chinatown Park Block Party season to Chinatown Park this summer and work with our partners to offer over 52 family-friendly events all summer long,” said DowntownDC BID President and CEO Neil Albert. “When we invest in public programming, all of our shared communities benefit.”

“We’re pleased to partner to once again to bring a diverse and engaging programming line-up to our growing downtown community,” said MVT CID President and CEO Kenyattah Robinson. “Community is fostered when we create opportunities for neighbors to gather, connect and engage, and Discover Chinatown Parks helps us to do just that.”

Chinatown Park and Milian Park are U.S. National Park Service reservations located at the intersection of the Mount Vernon CID and DowntownDC BID at 5th Street NW & Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Program partners include DC Public Library, Words Beats & Life, FRESHFARM Markets, On Tap Media and DC Fray, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Metropolitan Police Department and Chinese Community Church.

“Chinatown Parks provide an important gathering place for our communities and the neighborhood,” said Director Ben de Guzman of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. “Through our continued partnership, we are proud to offer a variety of fun, exciting, and culturally aware programming for District residents throughout the summer.”

Programming Highlights Include: 

  • FRESHFARM MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE MARKET. Saturdays, May 4 – November 16 from 9am-1pm shop for certified organic produce, orchard fruit, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, jams, ciders, baked goods, flowers and more.
  • TUNES IN THE TRIANGLE. Thursdays, May 30, June 13 and 27 and September 5 from 6-8pm relax in Milian Park with live music. Special performance to be held on Tuesday, August 6 in conjunction with National Night Out.
  • MOAPIA HOSTS MORNING TAI CHI CLASSES. Saturdays, June 1, 8, 22 & 29 from 10-11am relax your spirits with the traditional Chinese martial art of Tai Chi, widely recognized for its many health and wellness benefits.
  • FITNESS SESSIONS IN THE PARK. Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:30-7:30pm get your blood flowing with a nighttime workout led by Orangetheory Fitness (HIIT Workout) or Jordin’s Paradise (Doonya)
  • CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR WITH DC PUBLIC LIBRARY. Tuesdays, June 4 – July 30 from 10:30-11:30am. Join the DowntownDC BID and DC Public Library for for a free, interactive story hour in Chinatown Park. Recommended for ages 5 and under.
  • MOAPIA CHINATOWN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL. Saturday, June 15 from 11am-2pm experience the tastes, sounds and sights of Asian & Pacific Islander cultures with live performances, face painting, food samples and fitness demonstrations.
  • CHINATOWN PARK BLOCK PARTY. Fridays, July 12 – August 16 from 5-8pm, kickoff the weekend with a family-friendly block party complete with double dutch, live performances, lawn games, graffiti art and more! Programming provided by Words, Beats & Life.
  • CHINATOWN PARK MOVIE NIGHTS. Fridays, August 23 & 30 and September 6 & 13 from 7-10pm enjoy movies with your family and friends as Chinatown Park transforms into an outdoor theatre. Films include: Swing Kids, Crazy Rich Asians and Monkey King 3.

For further details and inclement weather updates follow Discover Chinatown Parks on Facebook.

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About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. For more information, visit DowntownDC.org or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.

About the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, workers and visitors, and to increase commercial opportunities for business and property owners, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in downtown DC. Mount Vernon Triangle is considered one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community, and is a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, DC, bordered by 7th Street NW to the west, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south, New York Avenue NW to the north and New Jersey Avenue NW to the east. Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the City’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and urban experiences. For more information, we invite you to explore our website at mountvernontriangle.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter @MVTCID, Instagram and Flickr.

About the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs’ (MOAPIA) mission is to improve the quality of life for District Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) through advocacy and engagement. MOAPIA advises the Mayor, the Council, and District agencies on the views, needs, and concerns of the AAPI community. MOAPIA provides recommendations on District programs and initiatives affecting the AAPI community, and helps coordinate programs and initiatives within the government that promote the overall welfare of the AAPI community.