Many of you know Paul Meijer, a long-time D.C. resident and tireless supporter of the Met Branch Trail. As a leader of the MBT Coalition, Paul advocated for a complete, safe, well-connected Met Branch Trail for decades, often keeping the idea of the MBT alive when the city had all but forgotten it. In 2010, when the newest section of the MBT opened in the Edgewood and Eckington neighborhoods, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recognized Paul’s contributions with a small grant to create a tulip garden along the trail (a nod to Paul’s Dutch heritage). We are seeking additional support to enhance the garden project and there are two ways that you can help!

DONATE: We hope to raise $1,000 to supplement the existing $1,000 grant. This will allow us to purchase additional tulip bulbs and multi-seasonal plantings to create a year-round garden near the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Rhode Island Ave. Donations of $100 or smaller can be made through PayPal. To contribute larger amounts, please contact Heather Deutsch at

VOLUNTEER: Sign up to help plant the garden on Saturday, November 8th, from 8am - noon. We will meet at the Rhode Island Ave., NE trail access point. Google map.

Join us in celebrating Paul’s contributions to the community as a steadfast advocate for the MBT.

See you on the trail,
The Paul Meijer Garden Planting Team
Jim Brown, Jeff Ciabotti, Christie Ciabotti, Heather Deutsch and Kelly Pack