There’s a park going in at 3rd and L Streets NE, in NoMa, and after nearby residents chimed in about what they did and didn’t like about the first three designs, the architects put forward new plans. Out is dead space and a moat with a bridge, and in is more space for dogs and kids, and some variable topography.
Landscape architect Lee and Associates’ design includes a large space for dogs that is pushed up against the existing walls that abut the planned park and shifts space for children and adults, including a jungle gym-like wall-holla structure, to the area facing the streets.
An elevation from the latest design of the Third Street park looking south from L Street, with the wall-holla at the center of the park. Photo by NoMa Parks Foundation.
Stacie West, the director of parks projects at the NoMa Parks Foundation, says the updated design uses a lot of elements from the previous “The Wall — West” design and takes the mounds from the “The Mound” design.
The plan also adds a double gate for the dog park space and a water fountain for humans.
Specific lighting, plant and tree, and material selections will be made as the Third Street park moves through the design phase, says West.
The updated design was presented at a community meeting on June 11, with attendees saying that there was mostly praise for the plan.
Residents of NoMa have expressed desire for dedicated space for both dogs and children, something the neighborhood currently lacks. There have been questions about whether the Third Street park should be split between these two uses, however, the general consensus is that this is the best solution for the small, shady site.
“I’m going to be completely honest, this is a somewhat dark, small site,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID), in May. “It’s a great site for a greatly designed small dog park.”
“We need to think of this as a little jewel that’s convenient for people in this area,” she said.
NoMa hopes to begin construction of the Third Street park in 2017 and open it before the end of that year.
You can weigh in on the proposed design here.