3rd and L Street Park

The Park Idea:

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 Details:

The park at 3rd 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 3rd 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.

During the late summer of 2017, community members were asked to submit name ideas for the park. In the fall, over 1,500 people voted for their top choice among three finalists and with nearly 70% of the vote, Swampoodle Park was selected as the final choice. Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) introduced legislation to officially name the park, and the Council voted in April 2018 to adopt the name Swampoodle Park.

View of the site, January 30, 2018

Construction Update:

(April 12, 2018)

Construction continues on Swampoodle Park, but the Wallholla, benches, and site grading is complete. Over the coming weeks, you’ll see the dog park turf and safety surface be installed.

This winter was a tough one for construction! The final materials – the dog park turf, safety surface, and plantings – all require consistently warm temperatures on continuous days, which we have not yet had. Additionally, we are dependent upon the utility companies for some of the work, and this project was one of many in their queues this winter. We are hopeful that the utility work can be completed soon and that warm temperatures in April and May allow for the park to be completed as soon as possible.

During construction, there is no access to the site, but the sidewalks remain open.


Meeting Materials:

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.

Select Press Mentions:

WAMU: Not Just A Silly Name: ‘Swampoodle’ Park Pays Tribute To D.C.’s Irish Past (Dec. 18, 2017)
Washington Business Journal: NoMa’s first park brings back Swampoodle (Dec. 13, 2017)
Greater Greater Washington: The latest design for the new Third Street park in NoMa emphasizes kids and dogs (June 23, 2016)

Read more news stories about the 3rd and L Street Park.