Friends Group Forms to Spearhead Effort to Improve Lincoln Park
by Hilary Russell
Like so many others on the Hill, Jeni Schoemaker, Jason Maga, and Jonathan Jacobson love Lincoln Park. They aimed for and reached another level by tirelessly working to ensure their love for the park leads to ongoing, tangible results. In 2021, they led effort to incorporate the DC nonprofit Friends of Lincoln Park DC and its attainment of 501(c)(3) status. The federal tax-exempt status was a prerequisite for a Philanthropic Partnership Agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) and for authorizing Friends of Lincoln Park to solicit funds. Such funds, along with other donations and volunteer services, will support and fast-track NPS-approved enhancements and improvements for this storied, well-used, sometimes tatty, and beloved park.
After what has been a ten month effort, the trio anticipates imminent finalization of an agreement with the NPS that aligns with its priorities and objectives for Lincoln Park. They have collaborated on the project with National Capital Parks East Superintendent Tara Morrison and Michael Chambers, Regional Chief of Partnerships, Volunteer, and Youth Programs, while organizing badly needed spring and fall cleanups of the park and supporting concerts, ranger talks, walk-to-school, and other sponsored Lincoln Park events.
Keep an eye out for the announcement of a finalized agreement and for invitations to join in activities that improve Lincoln Park and make it one of the best in the city.