The need for public parkland and green space in Brookland is high. Brookland has very few publicly accessible places for outdoor group gatherings or recreation. BNCA is working to expand and protect what little we have. We are exploring ways of preserving the grassy lawn east of the Brookland/CUA Metro known as the "Brookland Green". And, we are working with city officials to transform the vacant lot at 10th and Franklin into "Noyes Park". For more information about our work on parks and green space, click here:
"Transit-Oriented" development is coming to Brookland. BNCA is working to assure community views are represented in development decisions. On March 12, 2012, the DC Zoning Commission approved a plan to develop an apartment/retail complex in the block where the Colonel Brooks Tavern and residential houses are now located. This is the most significant new development -- in size, height, and scale -- in Brookland's 125-year history. For more information about this development plan, click here:
This 8-mile trail from Silver Spring to Union Station will create a convenient and non-polluting path to downtown DC. BNCA sponsors activities along the trail for the enjoyment of trail enthusiasts. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming BNCA activities on the trail.
Overhead Utility Lines
Undergrounding the unsightly overhead utility lines will promote a healthy tree canopy and is key to the beautification and economic revitalization of Brookland's business corridors. BNCA works with a variety of neighborhood groups to address this problem. Most recently, we were instrumental in convincing the Colonel Brooks developers to underground utility lines at the future 901 Monroe Street project.
On March 5, 2011, BNCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the "grand opening" of the kiosk community bulletin board at the corner of 12th and Newton Streets, NE. The kiosk is open to all for the posting of flyers and community announcements. Click here for photos of the ribbon-cutting event and a list of all who contributed to the successful development of the kiosk:
Fort Bunker Hill Park is one of the Fort Circle Parks surrounding the nation's capital as part of a system of Civil War fortifications. BNCA is working with the National Park Service, the Friends of Fort Bunker Hill Park, and others to make improvements in the park so that it can be more fully used and enjoyed by Brookland residents and the public. For more information, click here:
Food and fun are the glue that holds a community together. BNCA sponsors and organizes picnics, social events, community clean-ups, and other activities as often as we can! On Saturday, September 29, 2012, BNCA teamed up with a host of other neighborhood groups to celebrate Brookland's 125th Anniversary with a parade and a picnic.