In October 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired its first parcel of land, at Third and L Streets, NE. The lot was in private ownership and had been fully entitled for condominium development. Fortunately, the NPF learned that the property owner wished to sell and was able to move quickly through approval by the District of Columbia Government and close on the acquisition in fewer than 30 days. The lot will now be developed into a NoMa park. The park will add to the great community amenities in NoMa and complement both existing and planned parks and park amenities in the surrounding neighborhood.
Encompassing roughly 8,000 square feet (5,295 s.f. lot plus approximately 3,000 s.f. within the public right-of-way) at the southwestern corner of Third and L Streets NE, this park was not originally named in the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan, but fulfills the plan’s goal of having a variety of park spaces, to include a small neighborhood park. The park will ideally accommodate multiple uses, and community feedback about the location thus far has demonstrated a high level of interest in the property or a portion of the property being developed as a dog park or for passive enjoyment.
The NoMa Parks Foundation selected Lee and Associates, a DC-based landscape architecture firm, as designer for the site, and will be continuing to engage the community in the design process throughout the Spring and Summer of 2016, with the goal of presenting a final design by Fall 2016 and beginning construction in early 2017.
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.
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