A media release announcing “Mr. Peanut Goes to Washington!” was nutty enough to work. Like those saddled with an anxiety invoking peanut allergy, not everyone will be able to stomach a peanut park, or the blatant corporate sponsorship, but D.C. residents will soon have a new park as a result.
Children in Lincoln Heights might think they've swallowed a bad sandwich, if they happen to spot Mr. Peanut’s Nutmobile (think Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, but a peanut) zipping around the Northeast neighborhood today.
Joining Mr. Peanut in Northeast were Mayor Gray and Congresswoman Norton; the crew was not hashing out the sticky details of a subsidized peanut butter bill, but instead showing support for a collaboration by Planters and The Corps Network to gift Washington D.C. with a peanut-shaped urban park, and tree-planting event.
D.C. is one of three communities nationwide to receive a peanut-shaped park, and also one stop for the Nutmobile on its 16-city 2011 tour. Notable chunks: the supersized vehicle runs on biodiesel and features smooth interior flooring made from wood yanked from a 170-year-old barn.
Located at 50th and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, this new “Planters Grove” peanut-shaped park was designed by New York-based landscape architect Ken Smith and will be surrounded by a greater area of tree canopy once the community-planted fruit and nut trees (39), and serviceberry trees (37) mature.
The focal point of the park, the peanut, is lined by free-standing porch columns that accentuate the delicious hour-glass shape.
Azaleas will border the columns, not only giving a nubby peanut-shell perimeter to the park, but will “note the beginning of America’s urban environmental movement, which began when Lady Bird Johnson responded to the plea of local eight-year-old John Hatcher for azalea bushes for his housing development.”
How many people will run after the Nutmobile, mistakenly thinking that Mr. Peanut is (as he should be) hawking PB&J, as the newest member of D.C.'s growing fleet of food trucks?
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