Friends of

Kim Brenegar
For Immediate Release January 3, 2011

Capitol Hill Park Restoration to Honor the Memory of Kim Brenegar
Washington, DC—One year after the tragic death of Capitol Hill resident Kim Brenegar on October 9, 2009, her friends and family are gathering to create a beautiful garden in her memory. Friends of Kim Brenegar announced today its partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to redesign, restore and maintain a Capitol Hill park to be called “Kim’s Garden” in honor of the long-time resident. Kim was founder of The Ornamental Garden, a DC landscape business that she owned and operated. The garden project, approved by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC6B), is located at the intersection of 8th Street SE, Independence Avenue and North Carolina Avenue, next to Christ Our Shepherd Church. This park was established by the National Park Service in the 1890s as Reservation 232 and ceded to the DC park system in 1973. Over many years, Kim donated her time and resources to maintaining the trapezoid-shaped site when it most needed care. “I didn’t know her name, but she always took the time to talk to me,” a man recently said crossing the site. “I know what you are planning for the park. It’s a good thing. I really miss her,” he continued, “And so does the park.” This site couldn’t be more appropriate as a dedication to Kim’s life and her love of nature and the Hill,” said Kim’s fiancé, Joe Ardizzone. “Kim saw beauty and innocence all around her. What better way to honor her memory than to come together as a community and create beauty once again.” Renovations will be directed by Friends of Kim Brenegar, a volunteer group of professionals from several disciplines. Plans include a new landscape supervised by local horticulturist Jim Adams, as well as a mixed media centerpiece by artist Deirdre Saunder. Details of the extensive restoration may be found on the Friends of Kim Brenegar blog: http://kimsgardendc.blogspot.com/. Volunteer assistance and financial support will be critically important for this community project.

Committee Members Jim Adams · Joe Ardizzone · Wendy Blair · Kim Matthews · JoAnn McInnis · Juliet Michaud · Deirdre Saunder Friends of Kim Brenegar c/o Care Company 801 North Carolina Avenue, SE · Washington, DC 20003 FriendsofKimBrenegar@gmail.com

Tax deductible contributions (checks payable to: “Friends of Kim Brenegar”) will be gratefully accepted by: Care Company, c/o Friends of Kim Brenegar, 801 North Carolina Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20003 Contacts Joe Ardizzone jardizzone@gmail.com 301- 641-3294 Juliet Brenegar jbmichaud@msn.com 646-522-5684 Electronic images are available to press

Kim Brenegar

Photograph of Reservation 232 taken in 1927 (courtesy of the Historical Society of Washington)

Committee Members Jim Adams · Joe Ardizzone · Wendy Blair · Kim Matthews · JoAnn McInnis · Juliet Michaud · Deirdre Saunder Friends of Kim Brenegar c/o Care Company 801 North Carolina Avenue, SE · Washington, DC 20003 FriendsofKimBrenegar@gmail.com