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LATEST WARD 5 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

June 14, 2024

Dear Ward 5 neighbors,

Tomorrow, the community will come together to cut the ribbon at Ward 5’s newest park, pool, and recreation center! This is an exciting day, and one made possible only by neighbors’ consistent advocacy around the development at the former McMillan Sand Filtration Site. I hope to see you there! The event will include live entertainment, games, food trucks, and more.

LATEST WARD 5 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Ward 5's Newest Park, Pool, and Recreation Center!

June 14, 2024

Dear Ward 5 neighbors,

Tomorrow, the community will come together to cut the ribbon at Ward 5’s newest park, pool, and recreation center! This is an exciting day, and one made possible only by neighbors’ consistent advocacy around the development at the former McMillan Sand Filtration Site. I hope to see you there! The event will include live entertainment, games, food trucks, and more.

The District faced many challenges in 2023: rising crime, Congressional interference, and looming budget pressures just to name a few. Yet in all of this, I witnessed time and again the resilience of Ward 5 neighbors and your commitment to working with my office to build healthy communities. I invite you to explore the 2023 Year in Review report to see all that we were able to accomplish together.

COUNCILMEMBER ZACHARY PARKER

Since taking office in January of 2023, Zachary has delivered for Ward 5 residents through responsive constituent services and significant budget wins. He has introduced dozens of transformative pieces of legislation, including bills to establish the District’s State Superintendent of Education’s School Support Office to improve low-performing schools, and the District Child Tax Credit which provides low-income and middle-class families fully refundable tax credits for children 17 years of age and younger.

LEGISLATION

Since taking office, Councilmember Parker has introduced more than 30 pieces of legislation, and co-introduced more than 150 additional bills. Learn about Councilmember Parker’s legislation, co-introductions, and committee assignments on the Legislation page

 

COUNCILMEMBER ZACHARY PARKER

Ward 5 Councilmember Zachary Parker is an educator and a public servant. He taught 7th-grade math in New Orleans, post-Katrina, with Teach For America, and spent nearly a decade supporting DC school administrators at Ward 5 schools like Dunbar High School and Mundo Verde PCS.

Zachary sees firsthand the human impact of a system that leaves our most vulnerable behind. He grew up watching his oldest brother struggle with a one-size-fits-all school system that did not have the resources to support him, and now sees the challenges he faces in life because of it. 

And Zachary suffered alongside his middle brother through a long and exhaustive battle with a healthcare system that treated him more like a problem than a patient before he ultimately passed away at 36 from kidney failure. These shouldn’t be the experiences families have when interacting with our public institutions. Zachary has dedicated his life’s work to transforming the systems that failed his brothers and so many like them.

 

District Programs

The district has lots of programs available to residents – from utility bill discount programs, to tenants’ advocacy, to events and activities for children and more.

Click here to view a full list of District programs you may be able to take advantage of.

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