Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage Saturday September 26 – Sign Up Now!

Freedom5K_LOGO_2015-cropMany thanks to the team organizing the Lincoln’s Cottage Freedom 5K for reaching out to us about the race. The race will take place on Saturday September 26  at the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home . Check out more information here. From an email:

Run in Lincoln’s footsteps at the President Lincoln’s Cottage Freedom 5K with Running Icon, Joan Benoit Samuelson!

Run for freedom at the second annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation and led our nation through the Civil War. Olympic champion and running icon Joan Benoit Samuelson will participate in the race for a second year. After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings and vistas on this breath-taking course. The annual Freedom 5K is a rare opportunity for members of the public to race through the 250 acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans who fought for freedom – in NW Washington, DC.

When: Saturday September 26, 2015, 8:00 am

Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011.

Fee: $30 through race day. Free Tot Dash after the race!

More information here,, 202-829-0436 ext. 232.

Brookland’s Pack and Troop 98’s Welcome Back And Joint Scouting BBQ Saturday

Pack 98For nearly 60 years, Boy Scout Troop 98 and Cub Scout Pack 98 has been teaching Brookland boys all about scouting. This Saturday, they are inviting the neighborhood to join them in some BBQ Fun and Gear up with the Northern Virginia Scout Shop. Here is a message we received from our friends from Cub Scout Pack 98: Troop 98

Do you have boys in your family 7 to 10 years old or in grades 1 to 5 (Cub Scouts) or boys 11 to 17 years old (Boy Scouts) who might be interested in being part of our scouting fun? If so, you’re invited to join us for the Pack and Troop 98 Join Scouting BBQ this Saturday August 29, 12noon to 3pm @ St. Anthony of Padua Church in Brookland at the corner 12th and Monroe Streets, NE! There will be a big grill going, so stop on by with your own grillables, and we can throw them on the grill; or if you like, there will also be some food/drink for sale as well! This is a great opportunity to learn what Scouts is all about (fun, sports, camping, citizenship, earning awards, …), and to meet families and boys who are members of Pack 98.

We’re also excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Scout Shop will have a mobile Trading Post setup at our BBQ and scout uniforms and gear will be available for purchase! No need to drive out to the Scout Shop, we’re bringing it to you! Check out this price list to review the items you’ll be able to order and have ready for you to pay for and pickup on Saturday. Send an email to Cubmaster Bryan if you would like directions on how to place your advance order.

For nearly 60 years, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church has chartered Boy Scout Troop 98 and Cub Scout Pack 98 in Washington, D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, and our boys have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building own pinewood derby cards to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends camping, taking hikes in the city and beyond, your boy will LOVE being a Scout.

  • Cub Scout Pack 98 is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but may be eligible to join Troop 98 depending on their age and grade. Pack 98 meets weekly on Thursdays at 7pm throughout the school year.
  • Boy Scout Troop 98 is for boys age 11, or at least 10 and have completed the fifth grade, or have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, and have not yet turned 18.  Troop 98 meets weekly on Monday evenings throughout the school year.

Cub Scout Pack 98 meets weekly on Thursday evenings in Dens that are grouped by grade Tiger (1st grade), Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Dens and have regular Pack meetings with award ceremonies and more. We also have activities on weekends, including Pinewood Derby, overnight family camping trips in the fall and spring, day hikes, community service activities, and much more.

Boy Scout Troop 98 meets weekly in Patrols on Monday evenings that are organized and led by the boys. After they’ve been given the proper guidance from those with experience and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they’ve never gone, seeing things they’ve never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character to accomplish what everyone else thinks is impossible. We also have activities on weekends, including camping trips in the fall and spring, day hikes, community service activities, and much more.

Pack 98 and Troop 98 are a welcoming Pack and Troop and do not discriminate against any potential scout, family, or leader. Anyone who is committed to the goals of scouting — creating a space where boys can interact positively with other boys, teaching appreciation and respect for nature, and promoting other character values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of community service — is encouraged to join.

All Pack 98 and Troop 98 parents are encouraged to volunteer, as it makes a huge impact on the quality time you get to spend with your child and also gives you an opportunity to lead by example in your community. Scouting is designed to help even the busiest parents/guardians get involved. If you can give an hour per day, per month, or per year, we have a position for you — volunteer today!

If you have any questions, please contact Pack 98 or Troop 98 at:

ArtJamz Offers Up Brookland Kids Class: Summer Fun

Brookland Street Art NE Washington DCArtjamz, located on the Arts Walk, is a really cool concept- it’s an open art studio complete with all supplies, where anyone can drop in and create art and classes are offered. We thought Brookland parents would be interested in this class for kids, coming up on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. From the event page:

Let your kids reminisce this summer by painting their favorite activities. Whether it’s playing with their friends, going to camp, swimming at the pool, visiting new cities, or eating ice cream, our art-trained instructors will be sure to help them draw up the perfect picture to represent this vacation.


  • 2 hours of guided instruction

  • One 8 x10 mini or 12 x 16 small stretched canvas

  • Easel and smock rental

  • Access to non-toxic water-based acrylic paints, paint brushes, palettes, sponges, markers, pens, pencils, pastels and other cool “weapons of mass creativity”

  • Great music and a jamming good time

There are also classes for adults, check out the full class schedule here. ArtJamz Brookland Studio, is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

New Brookland Running Group Takes Off!

FC Runners LogoWe recently received word about a new neighborhood running group from  neighbor Collin. From his email:

Hi, I wanted to spread the word about a new weekly group run in Brookland on Saturdays at 9am.  I am one of the run leaders and it would be great to have many of the runners in the community come out.  The details are below.

Location:  NW corner of Monroe St and 9th St NE, in the grassy area at the entrance to the Brookland metro bus bay.

Day and Time: Saturdays at 9am

Distance:  We will generally offer two options – a short run (~4 miles) and a long run (7-8 miles).

We run rain or snow or shine.


Sounds like fun! More information can be found here at the Meetup Page.

Help Out The Friends Of Noyes Park By Completing This Simple Form

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

We recently heard from our friend, Friends of Noyes Park President Carlos Pinto. He is asking that Brooklanders take a moment to complete this form in order to demonstrate to the ANC 5B commissioners that the FoNP is supported by the community. Filling out the form will take you about 30 seconds and here is an explanation why you should do it:

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is seeking to be designated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) as the official organization charged with supporting Noyes Park.

At present, the FoNP has been an extremely active DPR-recognized “Adopt-a-Park” group and its primary responsibilities have been to advocate for and assisting in ensuring that Noyes Park remains a clean and safe place for children, adults, and seniors of all ages to enjoy.

This is and will always continue to be the FoNP’s primary objective. However, if DPR permits the FoNP to graduate from an “Adopt-a-Park” group to a

“Friends of” group the FONP will also be permitted to:

  1. host fundraisers at Noyes Park, which in turn will,
  2. allow the FoNP to purchase and/or receive donations of equipment needed to make park improvements, and
  3. allow the FoNP to conduct community events and programs that enrich the community’s residents.

To obtain the “Friends of” designation, the FoNP is required to:

  • demonstrate support from the community that the FoNP is the appropriate group to steward Noyes Park, and
  • receive a letter from support from the ANC 5B.

The FoNP will be seeking the ANC 5B’s letter of support shortly after they resume meetings after the summer recess. In the meantime, however, the FoNP is urging all residents who visit the park to take a moment and complete this brief form.

The FoNP’s development director, Christina Macken (christina(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org) is available to provide responses to all questions/comments/concerns received.

Noyes Park Clean Up Today And Following Second Saturdays

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

Thanks  to Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) vice president Kyle Macken for reaching out with the following message:

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) cordially invite all residents that frequent, use, and visit Noyes Park to help maintain it litter free. Join us, on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month, from 10 AM to 1 PM, to clean and tidy up the park up to ensure that children and neIghbors of all ages can enjoy a trash-free environment. Lend a hand, meet others in our community that care about the park, and do your part to help contribute to Noyes Park’s success!!

Mark your calendars and save the date for all these upcoming clean-up dates:

Saturday, June 13th from 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, August​​ 8th from 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, September 12th from 10 AM to 1 PM

Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Keep up with the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook pageTwitter feed,  Call/Text Message: 202-524-0547 or Email: friendsofnoyespark (at)gmail(dot)com. Noyes park is located at 10th and Franklin, NE.

Achieve Kids Tri Offers Free Summer Camp At Turkey Thicket!

Many thanks to McKinlee from Achieve Kids Tri  for letting us know about a free summer camp at Turkey Thicket. From her email:

Achieve’s progressive program will take its athletes from the very basics of swimming, biking and running, to completing their 1st triathlon race. Our summer program is a 6 week, free of cost camp for ages 9-14, where kids will learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle, nutrition , the sport of triathlon, and the life saving skill of swimming; all while having fun and doing other activities! The camp runs from June 22-July 31.

For more information visit their website, email them at achievekidstri(at)gmail(dot)com, and checkout the flyer below.

Achieve Camp Turkey Thicket

BNCA To Sponsor Bunker Hill Cleanup Saturday

Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.
Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.

One of our favorite neighborhood resources is Fort Bunker Hill Park. When our dog was younger, we used to love to climb to the top with her.  Unfortunately, it is not very welled maintained. The last time I walked through, some of the paths were blocked by fallen branches and in the summer there is often a lot of poison ivy. That’s why I was really happy to learn that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 18. From the BNCA announcement:

This event is a result of a new partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters of Rock Creek and other federal parks in the District. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and those of you who visit it know that it’s in need of some local stewardship.

Our April event will focus primarily on cleaning up trash and removing ivy and vines from the trees. We’ll meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Rock Creek Conservancy will be providing trash bags, gloves, and other tools as necessary, though feel free to bring your own. Children are welcome to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

Please be sure to register so that we can get an accurate head count. Registration and additional information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact me at or 571-334-6326.


Join FoNP For A Noyes Park Clean Up This Saturday

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) will be conducting a Noyes Park Community Clean-up on Saturday, April 11th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Last year, the event was a smashing success and attracted over 40+ neighborhood volunteers. The objective of this clean-up is to remove litter and weeds and prepare the garden plots for planting. Tools, gloves, and trash bags will be provided. Help ensure Noyes Park remains a pleasant place for residents of all ages to enjoy. Keep up with the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook pageTwitter feed,  Call/Text Message: 202-524-0547 or Email: friendsofnoyespark (at)gmail(dot)com. Noyes park is located at 10th and Franklin, NE.