Help Clean Up CJ Creek! – April/May Calendar – CJCA March Meeting Minutes, Canal Trust

Volunteers Needed to Help Cleanup Cabin John Creek and Trail!

Friends of Cabin John Creek and CJCA need your help picking up trash along the trail and creek to prevent any debris from floating down to the Potomac River and then into the Chesapeake Bay.

When: April 15, 9:30am-noon (Rain Date: April 16) 

Where: Cabin John Local Park (Trailhead at Playground)

Directions: MacArthur Blvd to Cabin John. The creek is
   behind the tennis courts and CBNRC.

Questions? Greg Gurley at

What to Know: Bring gloves and clothes that can get dirty. Pre-approved for MCPS SSL hours. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor.

April 2023 Community Calendar

April 15 – Creek Cleanup, meet at creek trailhead at the playground

                (Rain date: April 16)

April 22 – Weed Warrior Workday: 10:00am-12:00pm, meet at creek trailhead at the playground.

April 22 – Casino Royale (55+): 12:00pm-3:00pm, CBNRC*

April 26 – CJCA meeting: 7:30 pm, CBNRC*

May 1 – CJCA annual membership fees ($20) due.

May 6 – Cabin John History Run (8.5K): 7:30 am, start in front of Captain’s Market

May 7 – Spring Blood Drive: 10:00am-3:00pm, CBNRC*

May 25 – Deadline to submit photos of CJ graduates to The Village News

* Clara Barton Community Center has been rebranded to Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center (CBNRC).

Next CJCA Mtg: April 26, 7:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 pm, for this month’s CJCA meeting at the Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center (CBNRC). For those unable to attend in person, we encourage you to attend remotely via Google Meet at   

CJCA March Meeting Recap – Canal Trust speaker

April’s CJCA Meeting, held on Wednesday, March 29, featured the usual approval of the previous month’s meeting minutes and a review of the upcoming CJCA and local events (see CJCA event list elsewhere in this edition of The Village News). In addition, the meeting featured two other agenda items of interest to the Cabin John community. First, Charlotte Troup Leighton provided a brief update on the Beltway Expansion, explaining that Trans Urban had exited the project. She suggested we invite Marc Korman to an upcoming meeting to provide updates on the Beltway Expansion Project. The CJCA contacted Korman and confirmed he would appear at the May meeting.

The second agenda item was an overview and update from the C&O Canal Trust. Robin Zanotti, C&O Canal Trust president and Charissa Hipp, director of marketing & communications, attended virtually. 

The C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) is the 16th most visited National Park in the nation, with over 5 million visitors a year – more than Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon – and features a 184.5 mile towpath.

The C&O Canal Trust was founded in 2007 as the nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and supports four initiatives: Towpath Forever, Towpath Resurfacing, Canal Classroom, and the protection of rare, threatened endangered plants. The Canal Trust manages the Canal Quarters program, where you can spend the night at one of 7 historic, preserved blockhouses. Of note was the fact that the C&O Canal’s deferred maintenance is estimated to be over $250 million. Looking for more information or ways to get involved? See

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