Lafayette Park

The Annual FOLP 2017-2018 Fund Drive is Underway

Please Support the FOLP with a tax-deductible donation. Your donations are our only source of revenue to enhance and maintain beautiful Lafayette Park, and fill the gaps the city does not do.

Click  ‘Be a Friend’  for information how  you can support the FOLP — either paying online with PayPal, or by mailing in a check.  THANK YOU!!

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In the Fall 2017 Lafayette Park Clean-Up Day Oct. 28

The FOLP had a great turnout for the Fall clean-up day, with gorgeous fall weather and lots of volunteers, including many children of all ages. Your participation and work are very much appreciated!

                                    Link to Photos:   Photos of Fall 2017 Clean-Up Day

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Survey About Lafayette Park Shows What the Community Values Most About Its Wonderful Park

The Friends of Lafayette Recreation Center and Park (FoLRAP) conducted a survey last spring seeking information from the community regarding what features of Lafayette Park the community feels are most important. The survey was conducted over 53 days and had 211 responses. The results are very interesting.

Click here to read the survey results:     Community Survey About Lafayette Park


Chevy Chase, DC Neighborhood Park Groups Merge

          Sept. 18, 2017 — The boards of the Friends of Lafayette Park, est. 1999 (FOLP), and the Friends of Lafayette Recreation Center and Park, est. 2016 (FoLRAP), voted today to merge the two non-profit community organizations.  The newly merged group invites the engagement and support of all who are interested as it works to enhance, improve and maintain Lafayette Park and Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, DC.

“The missions of both our groups were the same – to work with the city to enhance Lafayette Park for the benefit of the whole community, the city, all ages, and anyone visiting the Park,” said Jeff Stoiber, president of the FOLP, and Elizabeth Engel, president of the FoLRAP, in a joint statement. “We believe this merger is a great opportunity to improve and foster strong relationships in our local community and unite to serve this important neighborhood asset.”

The joint organization will operate under the name Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP). Stoiber and Engel will become co-presidents of the FOLP and combine the boards and supporters for an efficient and strong approach to improvements and maintenance of Lafayette Park and Recreation Center.

With the Park sitting at the center of the Chevy Chase, DC neighborhood and adjacent to Lafayette Elementary School, it is an integral hub for the community, and its beautiful gardens, fun play spaces, and open fields provide a unique setting for neighbors of all ages to enjoy.

Accordingly, the ongoing goals of the newly united FOLP group include:

  • Working with the community and city officials to address any community concerns, suggestions or questions for the Park;

  • Alerting city officials to maintenance and other issues in the Park and at the Recreation Center;

  • Maintaining the perimeter gardens (on 33rd Street, Quesada Street and Broad Branch Road) and other gardens in the Park;

  • Supplementing financial resources for the Park when the city funding is insufficient;

  • Coordinating with Casey Trees to plant young trees as needed;

  • Hosting community meetings to share and gather Park-related information;

  • Continuing to organize friends and neighborhood volunteers for the bi-annual Park Clean-up Days as well as other fun community activities;

  • Establishing the status as a Park partner of the city.

FOLP welcomes all neighbors and friends. The FOLP will continue to work together with the community and city officials to help maintain the gardens, landscaping as well as promote and participate in activities and programs in the Park. The FOLP is a 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on volunteer efforts and tax-deductible donations.

To become an FOLP supporter, or to continue your generous support, click on either the donation form to mail a check or you may make a donation by PayPal:

     FOLP Donation Form           For PayPal, click to our   ‘Be a Friend’   Page

For further information about this newly merged FOLP group, please contact the FOLP through the “Contact” menu option above, on the Home page. 

To print a copy of the announcement, click:

Announcement – Merger of FOLP and FoLRAP