Help NoMa Name Two Parks: By Sept. 1

The NoMa Parks Foundation has extended the deadline to propose names for two parks in the neighborhood. Through Friday, September 1, the NoMa Parks Foundation is seeking community input to name the 2.5-acre green space north of New York Avenue and a smaller park at 3rd and L streets NE. Neighbors and community members are encouraged to propose names via the Foundation’s engagement website, ImagineNoMaParks.com:

Submit a name for the NoMa Green in the comments of this post.
Submit a name for the Third & L park in the comments of this post.
Read a recap of the August 9 Community Conversation meeting.

Suggested names will be narrowed to four or five options, then released again for a final community vote. The final selections will be recommended to the D.C. Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser, who will make the ultimate decision. Thank you for your participation!

The NoMa Parks Foundation recently acquired a parcel at Third and L Streets, NE that will be developed into NoMa’s first park. The acquisition adds to the great community amenities in NoMa and makes good on the promise of beautiful public spaces for the neighborhood. The lot is the first acquisition for the NoMa Parks Foundation and will enable the creation of a roughly 8,000 square foot park. The land is titled to the District of Columbia government.

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Residents, workers and visitors to NoMa will all be able to enjoy a thoughtfully designed system of parks and public spaces as envisioned based on input from residents and stakeholders. Other parks projects include the NoMa Meander, a four block long pedestrian promenade unique in the District; Underpass Art Parks to beautify and create delightful connections between the areas east and west of the train tracks; and NoMa Green, a two acre space intended to serve as the “backyard” for the neighborhood. NoMa, with its free outdoor Wi-Fi, beautiful streets, incredible transit assets, great retail and pop-ups and parks underway provides the experiences and environment that people want in a 21st century mixed-use neighborhood.

“We’re excited to have the first of several acquisitions under our belt,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa Business Improvement District. “The addition of public park space is an integral component in our efforts to transform the neighborhood and buying this land for the neighborhood is another milestone in creating this smart urban environment for people in NoMa.”

The NoMa Parks Foundation invites community members and park enthusiasts to the second NoMa Parks Community Conversation to discuss plans for NoMa Parks and public spaces. This community meeting will take place on November 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1225 First Street, NE. Representatives from D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation and other government partners will attend. A community meeting to discuss the Third and L Street, NE lot will be held soon thereafter. For more information and to RSVP for the November 19th Community Conversation, please visit www.nomaparks.org.

On Thursday, June 18th, the NoMa bid is sponsoring a meeting to discuss parks in the NoMa area. The meeting will be at the Courtyard by Marriott at 1325 Second Street, NE from 6:30 to 8:30 and you can register. This meeting will provide an update on the $50 million park plan that includes several parks adjacent to or integrated with the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Read more.