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Eckington Parks & Arts is an action-oriented nonprofit philanthropic group that supports and activates Eckington’s public spaces. The group is composed of members who contribute either time or resources to beautifying and activating public spaces in Eckington. The group is independent from but built to coordinate with the Eckington Civic Association (ECA). 

Our Story

Eckington Parks & Arts Founded

Eckington Parks & Arts began in a series of community meetings in the Spring and Summer of 2019.  From those meetings with dozens of Eckington residents, the mission, functions, and purpose of the organization were born.

Eckington Parks & Arts Bylaws and Board

In January 2020, the initial leaders of Eckington Parks & Arts were voted into their positions by the Friends of the Eckington Parks & Arts. The Board meets at least four times per year to plan events, fundraise, and improve Eckington green spaces. Read the organization bylaws for details.

Meet the Board

Jessica Torres Yurcheshen


Jessica moved to DC from Los Angeles to attend Georgetown University. She worked with DC Public schools as a math teacher and then began her federal career at the U.S. Department of Education. Jessica and her husband Scott moved to Eckington in 2015 and adopted Ava from Lucky Dogs. Jessica is now a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She likes to go on walks with her family and try new restaurants in the neighborhood.

Curry W. Smith

Vice President

A Louisiana native, Curry moved to Eckington in 2018 after 15 years in New Orleans working with several organizations focused on civic engagement, economic development, and entrepreneurship during the city’s rebuilding period following Hurricane Katrina. On weekends, you can find him running along the Metropolitan Branch Trail or North Capitol toward the Mall. On weekdays, you can find him downtown working as a senior director with D.C.-based creative advocacy firm Subject Matter.

Paulo Couto

Communications and Public Relations Director

Paulo has been a resident of Eckington for five years now and a DC resident for over 10 years. He is passionate about keeping Eckington engaged and looking fabulous. He believes our community has so much to offer and is excited about his neighbors being engaged with EP&A and staying involved. He is an avid photographer, lover of pets and an approachable guy, so don’t hesitate to say hi!

Mitch Steinberg


Bio coming soon!

Mollie Bates


Mollie grew up in Michigan, but has lived and worked in DC for 13 years. She's a product designer at Upside Business Travel, a local startup. Since moving to Eckington three years ago, Mollie and her husband Ryan spend most of their free time renovating their row house. When she's not painting walls or stripping paint, she enjoys biking, gardening, cooking, and hanging with her cat, Fluff.




In December 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired two acres of vacant land owned by 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.

Key Park Statistics



(Making it the largest park in Northeast DC!)


Votes in the online poll for the park's name.  Tanner Park won with 65% of the vote.


The year Alethia Tanner (the park's namesake) purchased her own freedom, as well as the freedom of many of her family members.


The opening year of the park.  We're excited to share this beautiful green space with you!


The community of Eckington in Washington, D.C., is famous for being one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The land was first developed as a private estate in 1830 and converted to a neighborhood in 1887. Today, Eckington is a charming, family-friendly residential area that attracts people who prefer a small-town atmosphere, while still enjoying all the amenities of big-city life. Instead of offices and industrial complexes, you'll find historic, single-family houses, townhouses, condos and apartments.

Student life thrives here as Eckington boasts both McKinley Technology High School and Howard University. However, the community is more family-oriented than college-oriented. People of all ages can enjoy the Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center, an urban paradise with grassy fields. Nearby, one can enjoy the 412-acre National Arboretum, a botanical sanctuary resplendent with beautiful flowers and trees. Close by is the Howard Theatre, which offers a full roster of live shows and concerts. Eckington restaurants range from fast-food favorites to family-style eateries with D.C.'s nightlife just minutes away. 

(Credit: Long&Foster for description) 

(Credit: Cherry Blossom Workshop for photo)