In December 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation was successful in acquiring two acres of vacant land owned by Pepco. As envisioned in the Public Realm Design Plan, “NoMa Green” would provide for outdoor recreation and community gatherings and serve as the “backyard” for the neighborhood. The NoMa Parks Foundation will work with the community during 2016 to design the park, with construction following in 2017. An additional parcel was acquired in May, adding an additional half acre of park space at the northeast corner which will allow for the softening of the turn at R Street on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
At the fifth NoMa Parks Community Conversation, held on October 25, 2016, the NoMa Parks Foundation introduced Nelson Byrd Woltz as the selected landscape architecture firm to develop a concept design for the park. Nelson Byrd Woltz was selected from a design competition; their first presentation, linked below, is based on the design developed for the competition; it is not the concept design. Opportunities for you to share your ideas for the park can be found on ImagineNoMaParks.org.
North of New York Avenue and bounded by Harry Thomas Way, NE, on the west and the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) on the east, this large rectangular parcel of land is the best opportunity to provide an expansive open green space in the neighborhood. This project was a key component of the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan. With its adjacency to the MBT and strong trail connections, the “NoMa Green” site is easily accessible from many surrounding neighborhoods and development of this site as an attractive and active recreation area will help promote the safety and vitality of the trail. Community input into what is desired at this location has touched on an amphitheater, a strong connection to the MBT and grilling facilities. Other community participation identified tending a garden and walking through a meadow as desirable for the “NoMa Green.”
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