Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Friends of Noyes Park Seeks New Board of Director Members

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
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. Interested parties should contact friendsofnoyespark<at>gmail<dot>com.

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.

Get Active With DC Volley’s Indoor Volleyball League At Trinity U – Sponsored by Steel Plate

Trinity Washington University Gym

We thought readers would like to know about an upcoming indoor volleyball league from the folks at DC Volley. From their website:

Games will be held at Trinity University’s beautiful gym on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come check out a great league in the up and coming Brookland neighborhood!

Have you seen this gym? It IS GORGEOUS! Come out and join DC Volley at one of the BEST gyms in the city!
The league will run with Coed social rules with as many teams as possible making the Final Tournament.

Games begin April 7th.

Teams will play 6 vs 6 and are required to have at least 8 players on their rosters. We welcome free agents and small groups and will do our best to match players to teams!

Participants can be a team (8-11 people), or if you don’t have a team, smaller groups or individuals will paired up with other folks to make teams.

Registration is $70 and open until March 31st unless the divisions fill up first. Click here to register and for more information.  As an added bonus there will be an end of season party with free beer at Steel Plate, which is the league’s sponsor. There will also be after game gatherings at Steel Plate with drink specials. Nice!

Trinity Washington University is located at 125 Michigan Ave. NE.

Dance Place Seeks Feedback In Development Of New Arts Park

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Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting. Image courtesy of Dance Place.

Dance Place  is seeking to turn the  currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Some of the proposed ideas for the space on the Dance Place site thus far include:

interactive programming for all ages, including (but not limited to) games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

To contribute your ideas for the Arts Park, take this survey. Also, Dance Place will be presenting their concept for the Arts Park at Wednesday’s ANC meeting and collecting feedback then. Sounds like a cool new asset for the community! The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in September 2015.

Brookland Middle School Meeting Tuesday – Help Select The Principle

Many thanks to Andrew from the Department of Public  Schools for letting us know about a community meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at Lamond-Riggs Library at 6:30 to help select the principal of Brookland Middle School. Community members will be able read candidate responses to interview questions and provide their input to a principal selection committee. For more information, check out the Brookland Middle School blog here and the flyer below.

Ppal Selection Flyer

Brookland Middle School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony This Coming Saturday

On Saturday, December 13th there will be  a ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Brookland Middle School. The ribbon cutting will start at 11:00 am and will be followed by tours of the school from 12:00- 12:30 pm. The school is located on Michigan Ave NE and 12th St. NE and adjacent to the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this animated rendering of the school to get an idea of what it is  like. Also, check out the school’s blog for lots of photos of the nearly completed school.

Brookland Bootcamp And Free Yoga Classes Bring Fitness Options To The Neighborhood

yoga Edgewood Arts Center
Yoga classes at the Edgewood Arts Building

One of the complaints we hear about the neighborhood is the lack of gyms and fitness options nearby. So,we thought readers would like to know about two classes located at the Edgewood Arts Building on 8th Street (3415 8th St NE).

  1. Brookland Bootcamp is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6:30 am. The cost is $15.00 per class or  $145.00 for unlimited classes per month. New attendees can try their first class free. For more information check out the Brookland Bootcamp website here.
  2. The good folks at Monroe Street Market offer free yoga classes by Balasana Barbara Yoga from 10:00 – 11: 00 am on Saturday mornings.Check out more information here.

Attendees of both classes are asked to bring their own mat.


Brookland Middle School Community Meeting Tuesday

Many thanks to Andrew from DC Public Schools for letting us know about an upcoming meeting about the Brookland Middle School. Here’s what he had to say:

We have a location set for a community meeting about Brookland Middle School. The purpose is to give interested community members an opportunity to get updates, ask questions, and give feedback on the planning process.

The meeting will be Tuesday November 18th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Luke C Moore auditorium. See the flyer below for more details. As a reminder, the school is slated to be completed ahead of the 2015 -2016 school year. If you are interested in keeping up with the school, you should check out the school’s blog for regular updates.

Brookland Middle School  Meeting Flyer

Friends of Noyes Park Meeting Wednesday- Learn How To Get Involved

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) will be hosting a Noyes Park Community and Garden Meeting at St. Anthony’s School cafeteria (on 12th and Lawrence Streets, NE) on Wednesday, November 12th from 7 PM to 9 PM. During the meeting attendees will have an opportunity to meet the FoNP; learn how to get involved as a FoNP volunteer, board member, and/or officer; voice concerns and suggestions on how to improve your Noyes Park experience; and find out how to register for a Noyes Park garden plot. 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.

Yu Ying School’s Fall Bazaar Sunday – Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Prizes, Games And More

Washington Yu Ying’s Fall Bazaar and Fundraiser is coming up this Sunday, November 9th from 12-4PM. The Fall Bazaar promises to be a great event for Brookland families with pony rides, a petting zoo, shopping with local artisans, food, chances to win great prizes, face painting, crafts, games and more! See the flyer below for more info:

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