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Welcome to Alethia Tanner Park & Dog Park!

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Summer 2021 News

Sunset Salutations, Yoga in Tanner Park - July 15

Join us July 15 at 7 pm for yoga on the grassy meadow! Taught by volunteer yoga instructor Haley Morrisson, this flow yoga class will be accessible to all levels. Sign-up is required due to Department of Parks and Recreation restrictions on event size for health safety. EP&A member sign-up is open now! Non-member sign-up opens July 5th!

Eckington Community Cleanup - July 10 & 24

Grab a trash bag and join us in showing Eckington some love 9am-12pm (or whenever you have a few minutes to get outside)! We're pushing this month's cleanups forward by a week due to the July 4th holiday.

Story Thyme in Tanner Park - July 24

Join us on June 24 at 9:30am* for Story Thyme at Tanner Park (*note earlier time to beat the heat)! We'll read kids books and sing songs (for ages 0-7 years) in the grassy meadow. Sign-up is required due to Department of Parks and Recreation restrictions on event size for health safety. Sign up here.

DCPL Book Bike in Tanner Park - July 8 & 24

We're teaming up with the DC Library to bring library services to Eckington twice monthly! The first event will be held on July 8 from 5-7pm and the second will be June 24 from 10-11:30am. The Saturday book bike coincides with our Story Thyme. No sign-up is required to enjoy the book bike!

Compost Fundraiser

We’re working with Compost Crew to get more people composting and fundraise for Eckington Parks & Arts! Sign up using our referral code and get $10 off your first month while $10 is donated to EP&A!


Compost Crew offers food waste pickup at your doorstep once a week - you can also adjust your schedule to less often after signing up. The more people we get within our selected community area (map), the more the price per month goes down (now down to $28, and can go as low as $16/month with 75 sign-ups). Even if you're not within the map area, you can still use the code to start composting!


Why is composting so important? Check out this recent Washington Post article! Visit our Greenways page for other composting options.

Bandana Fundraiser

Expand your pup's wardrobe (or yours!) and grab a snazzy Eckington Parks & Arts bandana. Your $15 donation helps support everything we do, including taking care of the dog park. Model the bandana on social media  and tag us so we can share it on our page!

RESERVE

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Eckington Parks & Arts

Eckington Parks & Arts is an action-oriented nonprofit, philanthropic group that supports and activates Eckington’s public spaces. It is composed of members who contribute either time or monetary resources toward beautifying and activating public spaces in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Eckington. Although independent from the Eckington Civic Association (ECA), the two groups work collaboratively to engage neighbors and build our sense of community.

MISSION

Our goal is to establish an action-oriented nonprofit, philanthropic group to support and activate Eckington’s public spaces.

COMMUNITY

The group will be composed of members who contribute either time or monetary resources toward beautifying and activating public spaces in Eckington.

EVENTS

We plan to host at least 3 events in 2021, and grow to host additional events in future years, both at Tanner Park and at other Eckington green spaces.

GREEN SPACES

In 2021, our focus will still be on Tanner Park; however, we will begin to extend our efforts to include the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). In future years, we will expand to Harry Thomas Recreational Center and other Eckington green spaces.

Alethia Tanner Park

In December 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired two acres of vacant land from Pepco. As envisioned in the NoMa Parks 2012 Public Realm Design Plan,  the park originally called “NoMa Green” will provide for outdoor recreation and community gatherings and serve as NoMa’s “backyard.” In May 2016, an additional half-acre of park space was acquired at the northeast corner, allowing for the softening of the R Street NE Z-turn on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). These transactions earned the NoMa Parks Foundation a “Best Community Impact” award as part of the Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2016. The NoMa Parks Foundation worked with the community during 2016 and 2017 to design the park, which opened in early 2019.

Eckington Parks & Arts is part of Green Spaces For DC

Green Spaces for DC envisions equitable access to parks and open spaces that enhance the health and well-being of neighborhoods and our D.C. Metro Area community.

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