“NoMa Green”

The Park Idea:

In December 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired two acres of vacant land owned by Pepco. As envisioned in the NoMa Parks 2012 Public Realm Design Plan, “NoMa Green” will provide for outdoor recreation and community gatherings. This new space will serve as NoMa’s “backyard.” In May 2016, an additional half acre of park space was acquired at the northeast corner, allowing for the softening of the R Street turn on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). The NoMa Parks Foundation worked with the community during 2016 and 2017 to design the park, and construction is planned for 2018-19.

NoMa Green aerial

At a NoMa Parks Community Conversation 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. The firm was selected from a design competition; their first presentation, linked below, is based on the design developed for the competition. Nelson Byrd Woltz has worked to create a design that meets the community’s needs and interests in the park. Additional presentations are also linked below.

NoMa Green Final Concept Design

The Park Details:

North of New York Avenue, bounded by Harry Thomas Way, NE, on the west and the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) on the east, this large parcel of land is the best opportunity to provide an expansive open green space in the neighborhood. 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.

The NoMa Parks Foundation solicited and has received a great deal of community input over several years about neighborhood aspirations for this large green space. Outreach included more than 8 community meetings, attendance at ANC and ANC committee meetings, and online input about “NoMa Green” through ImagineNoMaParks.org. Goals shared and implemented in the selected park design include a strong connection to the MBT, a large flexible green space, a dog park, and a meadow.


Next Steps:

(Construction Update – May 2018)

The NoMa Parks Foundation has selected Forrester Construction to serve as the General Contractor for the construction of the “NoMa Green” park. Nelson Byrd Woltz is completing the design and construction drawings for the park. Some permitting for the project began in Spring 2018 and the balance should commence in Summer 2018. The permitting process is expected to take 3-4 months. NPF anticipates that construction will begin in Fall 2018 and will be complete in late 2019.

The NoMa Parks Foundation solicited suggestions for a name for the park in August 2017 and collected votes on the final four selections in May and June 2018. Stay tuned for an announcement about the final selection soon!

NoMa Parks will also announce a community meeting with updates on the design and construction during Summer 2018.


Nelson Byrd Woltz Introduction to Competition Design – October 25, 2016

Nelson Byrd Woltz Full Concept Design Presentation – April 24, 2017

Nelson Byrd Woltz Community Conversation Update – August 9, 2017

Press Mentions:

Greater Greater Washington: NoMa wants your help naming its new large park (Aug. 14, 2017)
Washington Business Journal: NoMa BID acquires big park site from Pepco, plans ‘expansive’ green (Jan. 4, 2016)
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