MARVIN GAYE PARK
Many neighbors still know this 1.6-mile-long wooded trail in Northeast Washington as Watts Branch Park. That was its name before it was rededicated as “Marvin Gaye Park” in 2006. (Another nickname was "Needle Park" due to rampant drug use within its borders.) In recent years, the park has been reclaimed by neighbors and volunteers who have removed millions of pounds of trash and thousands of hypodermic needles. More than 1,000 native trees have been replanted and the city closed down a nearby methadone clinic in 2008.