WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2015 – Yesterday, the NoMa Parks Foundation officially unveiled The NoMa Parks Foundation website. The website includes a vast amount of information about the innovative public–private partnership between the District of Columbia and the NoMa Parks Foundation, including grant terms and other governing documents, the Foundation’s continuing commitment to public engagement, the overall planning framework that guides the Foundation’s activities, and specific project updates.
“We want the NoMa Parks Foundation and its initiatives to be as transparent as possible,” said NPF President Robin-Eve Jasper. “We are committed to assuring that we deliver great value to the District government and its citizens while, at the same time, taking advantage of the knowledge and unique relationships of the NoMa BID and its ability to encourage private property owners to commit value to the cause of NoMa parks. NoMa parks are going to be fantastic, and will embody the aspirations of the NoMa community for great spaces to gather, play, and enjoy the great, urban outdoors.”
Charles (Sandy) Wilkes, Chairman of the NoMa Parks Foundation, said “We have recruited a remarkable board of directors that includes outstanding professionals in the areas of landscape architecture, urban planning, and finance to support this effort. The amount of information included on the website and the extraordinary commitment to multiple avenues for ongoing outreach are unique among public-private initiatives.”
The NoMa Parks Foundation website will be continuously updated to highlight park project statuses, ongoing community engagement, park events and more. The NoMa Parks Foundation will also be providing a monthly newsletter and an annual report. Read more about the NoMa Parks Foundation public engagement process.
About The NoMa Parks Foundation
The NoMa Parks Foundation was formed in 2012 to establish welcoming, sustainable, beautiful spaces where people can play, refresh and connect in NoMa, now and in the future.
The rapid transformation of NoMa into a true mixed-use, urban neighborhood has highlighted the importance of creating great parks and public spaces. More than 20,000 people live in greater NoMa, and the population is projected to double in the next 10 years; but currently NoMa contains no publicly accessible parks, playgrounds, or plazas. While the District of Columbia averages 12.9 acres of open space per 1,000 residents, none of these spaces exist in the NoMa neighborhood. They are urgently needed to serve the residents and more than 44,000 daytime employees and visitors to the neighborhood. Undeveloped land is becoming scarcer each year as development occurs on the remaining empty lots. The creation of refreshing, inviting parks and public spaces – before it is too late – will improve the lives of people in NoMa today and for generations to come. More about the NoMa Parks Foundation can be found at nomaparks.org. You can sign up for the NoMa Parks Foundation newsletter as well.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood nestled among Union Station, the U.S. Capitol, Shaw, and the H Street, NE corridor in Washington, D.C. The 35-block area within the NoMa BID boundaries is home to more than 16 million square feet of Class A office, residential, hotel, and retail space. NoMa has more than 3,800 new apartments, and more than 44,000 people work in NoMa each day. With unparalleled transportation access via Amtrak, VRE, MARC, and two Red Line Metro stops, and with vehicular access to Interstate 395, and Route 50, visitors, workers and residents can easily travel throughout the region as well as to New York or anywhere on the East Coast. For more information about NoMa, visit www.nomabid.org and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.
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