Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Noyes Park’s Community Garden Plot Sign Up Begins Soon

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

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

The Noyes Community Garden has twenty 8’x4’ plots…We are doing things a bit differently this year and will have an open registration period 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 NEW website beginning January 15. I will send out a direct link to the form once it has become available. 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. There is a $30 yearly fee to use the plots in Noyes Park and the Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

Senators Satchel Paige Little League Clinic Starts In January

Community Center Brookland NE Washington DC
Turkey Thicket Exterior Photo Courtesy of DC Dept. of Public Works

We thought readers would be interested in this announcement  from our local Little League organization.

We are the Senators Satchel Paige Little League that operates exclusively in Ward 5. If you or your child is interested in playing or learning to play youth baseball/softball, we have great programs available during the spring, fall and winter for ages 4-16. Our winter clinic starts Saturday, January 16 at Turkey Thicket at 10am.

If you are a parent or community member who loves baseball/softball and interested in supporting or coaching, please contact us (202) 390-4902/(202)428-8437 or visit our website.

Brookland School Lottery Parent Mixer This Wednesday

John Burroughs Brookland NE Washington DCLast year a group of 50 or so Brookland area parents of two and three year olds met with other parents currently enrolled at DCPS and Charter Schools within a few miles of Brookland to chat about the lottery process, schools, and experiences. This informative event is happening again on Wednesday, January 6th from 6-8 pm at the Menkiti Group Headquarters at 3401 8th Street NE. Currently there are parents attending from Burroughs, Bethune, Mundo Verde, Bridges, Two Rivers, Lee Montessori , Inspired Teaching, DC Bilingual (and hopefully more!) to share their experiences. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Construction To Begin Soon On Dance Place’s Arts Park

Dance Place Brookland NE Washington DC
Dance Place Family Day 2012

We have been following Arts Park, a project by Dance Place 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. Now it looks like the project is moving full steam ahead after Dance Place was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to create the park. Construction will begin Winter/Spring 2016. From a press release:

The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Design features include lighting and canopy overhead, entirely new colorful surfacing, a convertible outdoor stage, film screen and five public art commissions by local artists. Dance Place and the Arts Park Steering Committee are delighted to be working with CBE firm Lee & Associates Landscape Architects, who are providing a large portion of their services pro bono. Check out some of their past work at

Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s wildly successful Art on 8th Programs, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

Sounds like another great new amenity for the area! We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Update: Woodridge Warriors Represent DC At National Championships

Feuling Up At Murray And Pauls Before The 2012 Woodridge Warriors Parade
Feuling Up At Murray And Pauls Before The 2012 Woodridge Warriors Parade

Back in November we wrote about the Woodridge Warriors Go Fund Me Page and we thought neighbors would like an update on how the boys did. Thanks to the community coming together, these young men represented DC at the American Youth Football national championships finals near Orlando. We learned from a neighbor on Facebook that they won their first game but unfortunately lost their next two games, including one to a top-seeded Texas team (results here).  According to the neighbor:

Every day, the 12- and 13-year-olds are being led in study halls by several neighborhood high school seniors so that they keep up with their school work (who also have to keep up with their own work!) It’s an exciting and productive week for these Brookland and Woodridge youth!

Congrats to the Warriors on a great run!

Help Send Woodridge Warriors Pee Wee Team To The National Championship

The Woodridge Warriors organization has been providing youth sports, mentoring and tutoring since 1963. We recently learned that the Woodridge Warriors “Pee-Wee” football team advanced to the American Youth Football National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida! Financing this trip will take an all hands on deck on effort and the Warriors are seeking community support. Check out their Go Fund Me Page here. The AYF National Championship is December 5th thru December 13th, 2015, so time is of the essence. Wishing the Warriors the best of luck in representing DC in the championships!

BNCA And National Park Service Partner To Clean Up Ft. Bunker Hill Park

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 features 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. Often the paths are blocked by fallen trees and in the summer there is a lot of poison ivy. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will not only be sponsoring another cleanup event, but looking for long term solutions. Fort Bunker Hill Park, a national park, is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets. From a message:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association – in partnership with the National Park Service – will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 14. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA is forming a new partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

Our event will be held immediately following the November BNCA meeting at Providence Hospital earlier that morning. We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and trimming back branches and will meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 11:00 am. We will be providing trash bags and gloves, though  feel free to bring your own tools, particularly if you have pruners.  Children are welcome to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.