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Muriel Bowser Ward 4



John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

Interim City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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October 2, 2020 

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians, 

This week, we were proud to announce that the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is able to bring back limited fall programming. This follows a safe and successful summer when more than 1,100 young people were able to have some sort of in-person camp or learning experience, with the support of more than 500 staff members. 

So, what is opening at DPR?

  • Six aquatic centers are opening for lap swimming (with reservations) and limited programming. Residents can reserve a time slot HERE
  • Twenty-nine recreation centers will reopen to host fall
    programming and other limited services. This includes more than a dozen fitness centers across all eight wards, where residents can workout for free. Reserve a time slot at a fitness center HERE
  • Residents can register for in-person sports, senior fitness classes, teen programming, and more. Browse and register for fall programming HERE

Reservations and registration opened yesterday, on Thursday, October 1, and programs will start, on a rolling basis, on October 13. We look forward to safely welcoming you back inside our facilities and increasing access to these health and wellness opportunities. Learn more at dpr.dc.gov


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Updates to Fall Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection

This year, to keep residents and Department of Public Works (DPW) crews safe and healthy, the District is making changes to the leaf collection program. Residents will be required to bag their leaves, and DPW will provide 20 free paper bags to each residence serviced by DPW.

In addition to reducing residents’ and DPW employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19, the change will also help decrease the District’s carbon footprint by reducing reliance on diesel-powered vacuum equipment and gas-powered leaf blowers.

Collections will still occur twice in each neighborhood, beginning November 9, 2020 through January 4, 2021.

Learn more HERE

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Updated Hours at Public Testing Sites

Need a Test

Beginning Monday, October 5, the hours at the District’s public COVID-19 testing sites will be adjusted. The updated schedule is below.

Judiciary Square – F Street, NW between 4th and 5th Streets, NW (walk-up only)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Anacostia – 2241 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE (walk-up and drive-thru)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UDC-CC Bertie Backus Campus – 5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE (walk-up and drive-thru)
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The following firehouse testing sites will operate Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Engine 4 – 2531 Sherman Avenue, NW
  • Engine 11 – 3420 14th Street, NW
  • Engine 24 – 5101 Georgia Avenue, NW
  • Engine 31 – 4930 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The following firehouse testing sites will operate on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Engine 8 – 1520 C Street, SE
  • Engine 10 – 1342 Florida Avenue, NE
  • Engine 30 – 50 49th Street, NE
  • Engine 33 – 101 Atlantic Street, SE

Residents should contact their health care providers if they feel sick or believe they were exposed to COVID-19. If your doctor is not available or cannot give you a COVID-19 test, visit a free public testing site near you. Public testing sites are for individuals 3 years of age and older.

Learn more HERE

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Meal Sites for All DC Youth

Student Meal Sites

Following an updated policy from the federal government, any District youth can once again pick up a meal from any DC Public Schools (DCPS) or Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) meal site. Young people can pick up three breakfasts and three lunches per visit, and those meals can also be picked up by a parent or guardian.

A full list of DCPS and DPR meal sites can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov/food

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15,000 Washingtonians Still Need to Get Counted in the 2020 Census

2020 Census

It's not too late to get counted in the 2020 Census. 

At the end of September, 15,000 DC residents still had not been counted in the 2020 Census. In terms of funding for residents and businesses, that equates to $1.3 billion over the next ten years. 

If you have not yet completed the 2020 Census, do so today by going to 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

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