Brooklanders are particularly fond of the attractive expanse of grassy lawn and mature trees east of the Brookland/CUA parking lot known as the "Brookland Green". The Brookland Green does not currently receive much use, but it adds visual beauty to the neighborhood and it's not too hard to imagine simple changes that could make it a more inviting community park.
The Brookland Green, which is currently owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, is under increasing threat from potential development. The District of Columbia's Office of Planning is encouraging transit-oriented development in the vicinity of the Brookland/CUA Metro Station and a 2009 "Small Area Plan" envisions new mixed use development atop nearly all of the existing Brookland Green. At the same time, the Small Area Plan, in response to near unanimous community comment, emphasizes the option of retaining the Brookland Green as open and passive green space.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association is working with the Office of Planning, city officials, and others to explore ways of preserving the Brookland Green. Please contact us if you want to help!