In October 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation successfully acquired the 8,000 SF parcel of vacant land from Cohen Siegel Investors. A condominium building had been previously planned and entitled for construction on this site. NPF was able to move quickly through approval by the District of Columbia government and close on the acquisition in fewer than 30 days.
This park fulfills the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan’s goal of having a variety of park spaces throughout the neighborhood, including a small neighborhood park.
3rd and L Street Park Overview Rendering
View from 3rd Street
View from L Street
The park at Third and L Streets is a story of opportunity and collaboration. The site is adjacent to the Loree Grand, the first apartment building to open within the NoMa BID boundaries in 2010. Meanwhile, the large parcel adjacent to the Loree Grand (facing Second Street, NE) remained undeveloped from 2009 until 2014. The property owner allowed the NoMa BID to use the property for nearly 100 public events, such as July 4th neighborhood parties and NoMa Summer Screen film screenings. Neighborhood residents began to use the large open space as a de-facto dog park. When construction started on the site, the families and dog owners who had used the site on a regular basis needed another space.
Previous Site Conditions
Encompassing roughly 8,000 square feet (5,295 SF lot plus approximately 3,000 SF within the public right-of-way) at the southwestern corner of Third and L Streets NE, this park will help meet some of the neighborhood’s park needs. The park will include plantings and gathering spaces; a vertical play structure designed for children ages five and up; and a large space for dogs to run and play, complete with a dog agility ramp.
The NoMa Parks Foundation selected Lee and Associates, a DC-based landscape architecture firm, as designer for the site, and continued to engage the community in the design process throughout 2016 and 2017. The NoMa Parks Foundation selected Blue Skye Construction, a DC-based general contractor, to build the park.
View of the site, November 9, 2017
(November 9, 2017)
If you’ve passed by the site lately, then you’ve seen that we’ve completed construction of the bioretention cells (that’s our stormwater management for the site) and a retaining wall, and we’re nearly done building the concrete benches that curve around L Street and 3rd Street.
We’d hoped that the site would be completed in November, but there have been delays with utility work, and the extremely tight nature of the site has meant work has progressed more slowly than Blue Skye anticipated. Their current schedule now extends the construction work into late January, but Blue Skye is working to expedite completion, weather permitting.
During construction, there is no access to the site, but the sidewalks remain open.
We’ve got an ongoing conversation going about Third and L over at ImagineNoMaParks.org – check it out and tell us what you think!
Design for the new park kicked off at the March 29th Community Conversation. You can view the presentation and read a summary of the Q&A portion of the evening here:
Concept designs were shared at a community meeting on May 4th. You can view the presentation below, and share your thoughts here.
A refined concept was shared at the June 2016 NoMa Parks Community Conversation on June 11th. You can view the refined concept below, and share your thoughts here.
The final design for the park was shared at the April 2017 NoMa Parks Community Conversation. You can view the final presentation below.
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