Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Eckington Park Details Emerge – Public Art, Dog Park, Amphitheater And More

Image courtesy of NoMa Parks Foundation (NPF) via Urban Turf

Back in May we wrote about a two acre park planned in nearby Eckington along the Met Branch Trail. We figured readers would be interested in an update even though this is beyond Brookland – the plans look great! We recently learned more details from this article in Urban Turf including playgrounds for various age groups from  2 to 5+ years of age, and an amphitheater with food kiosks and an event lawn. Sounds like a promising resource for the greater area. We will keep an eye on park progress and let you know of any news.

Interested In Scouting? Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join BBQ Saturday

For over 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. From a community message:

You are Invited to Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join Scouting BBQ – SAT., AUG. 26

Our first BIG event of the new scouting year is here, and you’re invited to join Cub Scout Pack 98 & Boy Scout Troop 98 and over 61 years of scouting adventures here in Brookland for our Welcome Back & Join Scouting BBQ, Saturday, August 26, from 12 noon to 3 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church and School at 3400 12th Streets, NE, Washington, DC!

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts? Come on by and meet with leaders and scouts from Cub Scout Pack 98 (for boys 7-10 years old / grades 1 – 5) or Boy Scout Troop 98 (for boys 11-17 years old).

Pack 98 is also one of the only Cub Scout Packs in D.C. offering the Lion Cub Scout pilot program for boys 5-6 years old or Kindergarten!

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! Please use the Scout Shop for convenience.

We’ll have a big grill cooking — food and beverages will be available — so everyone can enjoy a snack (or even bring your own grillables!), catch up with others on your summer adventures, register & pay your scouting fees for the year, and even stock up on scouting gear!
Every scout that registers will get a ticket for food or drink!

If you would like to invite someone else to join in the fun, please forward this email!
Can’t make it? No worries, there’s no registration deadlines or boundaries in scouting!
Just join us at any Pack 98 or Troop 98 meeting at the St. Anthony of Padua Church and School’s cafeteria, 3400 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC.

– Cub Scout Pack 98’s Weekly Den meetings begin Thursday, August 31, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
– Boy Scout Troop 98’s Weekly Troop meetings begin Monday, August 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Friends Of Noyes Park Summer Meeting And Fundraiser At Right Proper Brewing Monday

Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. This Monday they will have a public board meeting and fundraiser at local microbrewery Right Proper. From the event page:

Please join us on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 7–9 pm for our Mid-Summer Community Meeting and Fundraiser, hosted by the Right Proper Brewing Company.

Right Proper is located at  920 Girard Street NE.

Arts Park Offers Free Family Friendly Activities Through September

Last spring we wrote about the groundbreaking of the Arts Park,  a project by Dance Place that turned an empty alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now, a year later, there is a full spring/summer line up of activities for the whole family. Check out the flyer below and the Dance Place event calendar for further information.

Noyes Park Community Meeting And Park Clean-up Saturday

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. Now that spring has sprung, it is time for a clean-up. From the Friends of Noyes Park Facebook page:

Live in the Brookland neighborhood? Want to share thoughts on how to improve Noyes Park? Come join us at our Community Meeting & Park Clean-up April 8th @ 10 am and share your thoughts! We’ll be serving coffee and donuts and officially opening up our community garden.

The park is located on Franklin Street in between 10th and 12th Streets NE. You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed.

NE Eats Returns – Save The Date And Tickets On Sale Now. Great Event, Great Cause.

Pic of the indoor portion of last years NE Eats event

Last years inaugural Northeast Eats event was a fundraiser and tasting event which showcased local food and beverage production in and around the NE DC. We were happy to hear NE Eats coming back. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Brookland’s Washington Jesuit Academy. WJA is a tuition-free middle school for boys from the District’s low-income neighborhoods. WJA leverages an 11-hour school day and 11-month school year to help young men get ahead in school and unlock their potential. As all students attend on full scholarship, and WJA must raise 98% of its annual operating budget each year.

NE Eats tickets include all food and beverage tastings, live music, and kids activities (under 8 free). From an email from organizers:

We are thrilled to announce that NE Eats will once again take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 on the campus of the Washington Jesuit Academy. With your help, the first NE Eats surpassed our wildest expectations, and we are hoping for the event to be even bigger and better this year. Live Music, additional local food and beverage tastings, lawn games, and enhanced kids activities are all in the works as we seek to have the event fully outdoors.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Jesuit Academy

Check out the preliminary line up of great local businesses participating, more are being added all the time:

  • Union Kitchen
  • Mess Hall
  • DC Brau
  • Three Stars Brewing Company
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Wardman Wines
  • Brookland’s Finest
  • Sloppy Mamas BBQ
  • El Camino
  • Ruby Scoops
  • Homestead
  • Whisked!
  • Captain Cookie
  • Goodie’s Frozen Custard
  • Nando’s Peri Peri
  • Panera Bread
  • Premium Distributors

Check out event details on the NE Eats website here. The  event rus from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and tickets are $50 each. Washington Jesuit Academy campus is located at 900 Varnum Street NE.

Bethune Day Academy Hosts A Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th And On Line

Bethune Playground

From a community announcement:

The Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th. 1404 Jackson Street NE Washigton, DC 20017. All Brookland Community Members are welcome to attend. All proceeds will help us to stock our school library. In school hours are 3:30pm-5:30 pm daily.

Sounds like a great cause. You can also shop at their online fair here.

Friends Of Noyes Park Are Seeking Board Of Director Members

Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. FoNP launched shortly after the new park was opened in summer 2013. They work closely with the community and the Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and the the communal garden plots thriving. FoNP  is seeking new volunteers to serve (unpaid) on their Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for those interested in giving back to the community without a burdensome time commitment. From the application page:

Directors are appointed for a calendar-year term, and are eligible for reappointment each December. Directors are expected to attend monthly meetings (first Monday of the month), attend park clean ups and other programmatic activities of the Board, and assist with other ongoing efforts of the Board (e.g., fundraising, attending community meetings, community outreach, etc.).

Interested parties can apply here. You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed. Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

Ward 5 Education Fair This Saturday January 28th

This Saturday, January 28th there will be a Ward 5 Education Fair. From a community message from  the Ward Five Council on Education:

Do you have a rising PK3-12th grader for the upcoming school year? Attend the #Ward5EdFair on Saturday, January 28th, from 11AM-3PM to meet with over 30 representatives from local schools in the neighborhood – including DCPS and public charter schools. Learn about the My School DC 2017-18 application process and the range of school options Ward 5 has to offer DC residents. The event is hosted by DC Prep at its Edgewood Elementary Campus, located at 707 Edgewood Street, NE. All families are welcome!

RSVP for the fair here.



Noyes Park Community Garden Plot Registration Begins Soon

Interested in meeting neighbors and growing your own garden? Consider signing up for one of the community garden plots at Noyes Park. Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2016.

From their plot registration webpage:

The Noyes Community Garden has twenty 8’x4’ plots. At least two of these plots will be reserved for public use and planted in conjunction with local youth and school children, and the remaining will be available for individuals or groups within the community. All DC residents who are not already tending a garden plot in a DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) garden are eligible to sign up for a garden plot. There is a $30 yearly fee to use the plots in Noyes Park.

Registration for the 2017 growing season will begin on January 15, 2017. The open registration period will be held between January 15 and January 31. Should the number of registrants exceed the number of available plots, we will use a lottery system to assign plots. If there are still spaces available after January 31, registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a plot, fill out the online registration form which will become available on our website ( beginning January 15. You may also register by sending your name, street address, phone number, and email address to the Friends of Noyes Park (2718 10th St NE, Washington DC 20018) after January 15. Any registrations received prior to January 15 will be disregarded.

Questions or comments regarding the community garden should be directed to garden(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org  or 202 524-0547.  Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.