We are always happy when we see green spaces preserved or created here in Ward 5. We have been hearing about a park from the NoMa Parks Foundation coming to the Eckington area along the Met Branch Trail for a couple of years now, and recently learned that the park design is finalized. Brooklanders who use the MBT will be happy to know that the portion near R Street NE will be realigned to soften the sharp curve and eliminate the blind turn. The new park will be located at Third Street and L Street NE and will have a playground and dog park. For additional details check out this article in Greater Greater Washington. From the article:
The NoMa Parks Foundation will build the just over two-acre park on the southern half of the empty field next to the MBT, just to the north of New York Avenue NE. The foundation acquired the land from Pepco in early 2016 and hired Nelson Byrd Woltz to design the space that fall.
Thanks to community input in the time since, the lawn, playground, and dog park spaces will be bit bigger than initially planned. The MBT where it passes the park will be wider as well.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource. From an email:
Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.
Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35). Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes. We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.
The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs alongside the Metro’s Red Line.
Here is some good news for Met Branch Trail enthusiasts. We recently learned that DDOT released a request for proposals to design and build a stretch of the MBT that will connect the Fort Totten Metro to where the trail currently ends on McCormack Drive by the Brookland Metro stop. From the DDOT press release:
The new trail will provide a direct off-street route for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Fort Totten area.
The trail will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. The design-build process will allow for a streamlined final design and construction process. The extension is expected to be complete within 18 months of awarding the contract.
You can read the press release here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Hi Readers. News has been pretty sparse going into the new year. But we thought local Met Branch Trail users would be excited by this recent permit approval. From this article in the Washington Business Journal:
Welcome news here for pedestrians and cyclists alike, as a streetlight upgrade is planned for the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street NE.
Hope all is well and that you and yours enjoy the New Year!
Join the Gearheads (our youth MBT rangers) and Americorps NCCC members as they clean up the MBT to prepare for the wonderful spring weather. We will meet at the shop to get equipment then spit into teams and get to making the trail a better place for everyone!
Gearin’ Up Bicylces is located at 314 Randolph Place NE.
For the second summer in a row the Met Branch Trail 5K organization is hosting free fitness classes on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July from 6-7 p.m., and will meet next to the new pedestrian bridge from the RIA Metro Station. For more info check out the flyer below.
Back in 2012 we wrote about frustrations with delays in completing the Met Branch Trail, specifically, connecting the portions that run along the Brookland/CUA Metro with Silver Spring as originally planned. We were excited to learn that DDOT recently hosted a presentation of preliminary designs for the MBT’s remaining sections in DC. For more information, check out this super-detailed story from WashCycle, a cycling advocacy blog. Construction is planned for 2017.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource. Now in its 5th year, the 5K Walk/Run will be Saturday, May 2, 2015 with a race time at 9:00 a.m. This time around the location of the start/finish line will be the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center and the new pedestrian bridge at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. Register here – to run, volunteer, or sponsor the event. Also, there is free registration for runners under 18.
We thought readers would be happy to hear that the pedestrian bridge connecting the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Rhode Island Metro stop is now open. We have been following the development of the pedestrian bridge since August and are delighted it is complete. The pedestrian and bike bridge crosses the train tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and makes it easier and safer to cross, and creates an easier connection between Rhode Island Avenue and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. For several pics and additional info, check out this story from DCist.
A local group, known as the Paul Meijer Garden Planting Team, received a $1,000 grant to plant a tulip garden on the Met Branch Trail near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. For the backstory, check out this blog page. Here is info on how you can help:
DONATE: We hope to raise $1,000 to supplement the existing $1,000 grant. This will allow us to purchase additional tulip bulbs and multi-seasonal plantings to create a year-round garden near the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Rhode Island Ave. Donations of $100 or smaller can be made through PayPal. To contribute larger amounts, please contact Heather Deutsch at heathercdeutsch(at)gmail(dot)com.
VOLUNTEER:Sign up to help plant the garden on Saturday, November 8th, from 8am – noon.
While we are on the topic of the MBT, we thought readers would like an update on the pedestrian bridge under construction. As a reminder, the pedestrian and bike bridge will across the train tracks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and will make it easier and safer to cross, and will create an easier connection between Rhode Island Avenue and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Work started in mid August and by now the bridge is really starting to take shape. For lots of pics and additional info, check out this blog post from the good folks over the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The bridge should be completed by early 2015.
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