In Memory of Linda Harllee Harper

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
Lindsey Parker

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

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May 26, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Our hearts are broken by the loss of Linda Harllee Harper. Linda was beloved in the community and within DC Government. Linda loved DC, she loved and believed in Washingtonians. She dedicated her career and life to our young people and our community, and when she had a seat at the table, she was bringing someone with her — always listening to and empowering people closest to the communities she was working to help. She didn’t give up on people. Hearing Linda speak about our community and our youth, especially our most vulnerable young people, you knew that this was more than a career, this was her calling and her purpose.

Linda touched so many lives in DC, she made people feel heard, and we know this loss will be felt deeply across our community. Our prayers and love are with Linda’s husband and son and the many people in our community who loved and admired Linda.


Linda Harllee Harper

Linda Harllee Harper led the Office of Gun Violence Prevention and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.

Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Outdoor Pools and All Spray Parks Open Tomorrow


Today, Mayor Bowser and officials from the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) kicked off the start of outdoor pool season. 

All of DPR’s 22 outdoor pools will open on Saturday, May 27 and will remain open on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pools will operate on a weekend-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through Sunday, June 25. Starting Monday, June 26, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedules, six days a week. For more information on the outdoor pools, visit

DPR opened 16 spray parks earlier this month, and the remaining 17 spray parks will open Saturday, May 27 and will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. throughout the summer. For more information on spray parks, visit

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Next Week: Senior Fest


On Wednesday, May 31, Mayor Bowser is inviting DC seniors to attend this year’s Senior Fest: Believe the Hype. Senior Fest is an opportunity for residents to reconnect with neighbors and engage in activities like line dancing, fitness demos, live entertainment, food, health resources, and more.

  • When: Wednesday, May 31 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Gateway DC Pavilion (2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE)
  • Register to attend HERE

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Coming Soon: Truck Touch

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The Department of Public Works invites families to attend the annual Truck Touch event on Saturday, June 3. During the event, children can climb on and explore over 30 vehicles and equipment from multiple city agencies, engage in games and activities for families through DPR’s FunMobile app, and learn more about DC Government resources.

  • When: Saturday, June 3 @ 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: RFK Lot 8 (2500 Independence Ave SE)

This week is National Public Works Week, and Mayor Bowser highlighted the important work of DPW employees and events were held throughout the week to celebrate the team at DPW.

This week also kicked off DPW’s annual graffiti abatement initiative, when the team removes graffiti, illegal posters, and stickers from select public surfaces throughout the city. Previous graffiti cleaning tours have resulted in DPW crews eradicating nearly 1,000 graffiti markings and more than 2,000 posters and stickers from public spaces citywide. The schedule is below.

  • Ward 1: Week starting May 22
  • Wards 2 and 3: Week starting June 19
  • Ward 4: Week starting June 5
  • Ward 5: Week starting June 26
  • Ward 6: Week starting July 3
  • Wards 7 and 8: Week starting July 10 

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Register for the DC Afro Latino Fest


The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs invites residents to celebrate DC’s vibrant Afro-Latino culture with a festival that will include cultural performances, community engagement, live music, and more!  

  • When: Saturday, June 3 @ 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Malcolm X Park (15th Street and Chapin Street NW in front of 2401 15th Street NW)
  • Register to attend HERE.