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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find the answer to your question, feel free to contact us.

The Organization

How can I support Eckington Parks & Arts?

Become a member* for the 2021 calendar year by donating $60/individual or $100/two adults in a household, or by volunteering 12 hours a year (5 hours within the first 6 months). Seniors (65 years and older) can also become a Friend for just $30/individual per calendar year. Donations of any amount are also separately accepted and appreciated. Your monetary contribution is vital to our organization, and directly supports park events and activities, dog park cleaning and waste bags, and green space education and development in Eckington.


*Select the PayPal amount (i.e., $60, $100, $30 - seniors only) that corresponds with your membership preference. As we are a volunteer-run organization, please look for your welcome email within 10 days.

Tanner Park

What entity is managing the park?

The NoMA Parks Foundation led the construction of the park. As the contractor warranties expire, responsibility for maintenance of the park will transfer to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. See below for more details on our partnerships with these organizations.

How can I report violations or misuse of the park?

Please call the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Park Ranger Hotline at (202) 441-2605. 

How do I report maintenance and repair issues?

Please submit a request through the DC Department of General Services (DGS) to report maintenance and repair issues with the park, playground, and dog park. DGS fulfills service requests for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. For issues related to park lawn mowing and plant/tree upkeep, please submit a request through 311. Please also send us a quick email so we can keep track of problems and help ensure that requests are fulfilled. For issues with dog park cleaning or provision of dog waste bags, please contact us at [email protected].

Dog Park

Where do I report animal bites?

All animal bites to other animals should be reported by calling DC Animal Control at (202) 576-6664. We also recommend contacting your veterinarian immediately - bite wounds can be hard to see, but are painful and at high risk of infection. If a person is bitten, please obtain vaccination information from the owner of the dog and immediately seek medical attention. Your healthcare provider should contact the DC Department of Health on your behalf.

What costs are covered by Eckington Parks & Arts to maintain the dog park?

Eckington Parks & Arts is estimating it will cost $4,700 a year to regularly clean the dog park and provide dog waste disposal bags.

How often is the dog park cleaned?

The dog park is cleaned every other Thursday between about 11 am and 3 pm (takes ~2 hours). Please keep this in mind when planning your visit, as the park closes during this time. Neighbors may be asked to leave the dog park early to allow for cleaning.

Our Partnerships

What about Eckington Civic Association?

Eckington Parks & Arts and the Eckington Civic Association (ECA) are two separate but complementary organizations, and we encourage neighbors to join both! ECA helped us get started back in 2019, and we continue to have an important partnership. While Eckington Parks & Arts handles park and green spaces, the dog park, and community cleanup and green-up advocacy and efforts, ECA focuses on civic advocacy, zoning and permitting, and helping connect neighbors to DC resources. We overlap and work together on shared advocacy interests, co-host twice monthly neighborhood cleanups, and jointly host occasional community events. 

What are NoMA Parks Foundation & NoMA BID?

NoMa Parks Foundation is the reason we have Alethia Tanner Park! The organization acquired two-and-a-half acres of land along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in 2015-16, and then worked with the community to design the park in 2016 -17. Since the park opened in 2019, NoMA Parks Foundation has helped advise and assist Eckington Parks & Arts to ensure our success. Partner organization NoMA BID keeps Tanner Park clean through routine public trash can emptying and other maintenance. They will also be collaboratively hosting future community events in the park, like outdoor movies. Finally, NoMA BID graciously donates supplies to and assists with Eckington Parks & Arts' twice monthly neighborhood cleanups.

What's our relationship with DC agencies?

The Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of General Services are ultimately in charge of the park and responsible for more major maintenance issues, permitting for events, etc. In contrast, Eckington Parks & Arts is responsible for cleaning of the dog park, provision of dog waste bags, additional beautification of the main park, and broader impact advocacy and events involving the community. The Metropolitan Branch Trail is a bit more complicated, and involves partnerships and cooperative work between the Department of Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and several local non-profits.

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