FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation to Determine the Feasibility of:

  • A District-Wide Urban Wood Utilization Program
  • A Recreation Center in Upper Northwest Ward 4

Councilmember Todd introduced two bills in today’s Legislative Meeting to determine the feasibility of an urban wood utilization program in the District as well as a new recreation center in the upper northwest quadrant of Ward 4.

WASHINGTON, DC – (April 05, 2016) – On Tuesday, April 05, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd, in response to the comments of Ward 4 constituents, introduced two bills designed to improve the quality of life for Ward 4 and District-wide residents alike.

The first, the “Urban Wood Utilization Feasibility Study Act of 2016,asks the District Department of Transportation (“DDOT”) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing an urban wood utilization program in the District of Columbia. The District is known for having some of the most magnificent trees in the region, but what happens when a tree must be removed or cut down? “Several cities around the country have looked to alternative ways to convert the wood from their urban trees into marketable lumber or wood products,” said Councilmember Todd, “The District is constantly seeking ways to reduce its waste and reuse materials and today’s bill could lay the groundwork for exactly that.

The second, the “Upper Northwest Recreation Center Feasibility Study Act of 2016” asks the Department of Parks and Recreation (“DPR”) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of placing a recreation center in the upper northwest quadrant of Ward 4. This bill comes in advance of the anticipated mass influx of new residents to the region, as a result of the re-development of the former Walter Reed Medical Campus, which is moving full speed ahead. “Our recreation centers are pillars of the Ward 4 community,” said Councilmember Todd, “we must act now, so we can best serve both present residents of these neighborhoods, as well as those who will undoubtedly join us shortly.”

About Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd

Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong public servant. He was elected to be the Ward 4 Councilmember on April 28, 2015 in a special election. He is Past-President of the Ward 4 Democrats and an active member of many civically-focused organizations across D.C. Prior to joining the Council, he served as the Director of Constituent Services in the Ward 4 Council Office of Muriel E. Bowser.

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To download in PDF form, please click here: 2016-4-05 NW Rec Center Feasibility and Wood Utilization