Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

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.

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

Arts Park Design Image 1 by Rajan Sedelia
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.