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In Northeast, D.C., creating a 21st-century community from scratch

Washington Post

April 25, 2019

Emerging from what used to be mostly empty industrial lots, NoMa is a vibrant neighborhood in Northeast Washington that has quickly become a go-to destination for new residents and businesses in the city.

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NoMA gets it first-ever park this Saturday

Say hello to Swampoodle Park. Yes, it’s dog-friendly

DC Curbed

NOV 15, 2018, 4:56pm EST

D.C.’s booming NoMa neighborhood will open its inaugural park on Nov. 17. Located on an 8,000-square-foot plot at the corner of 3rd and L streets NE, Swampoodle Park will feature amenities for people and pups of all sorts, including a vertical climbing structure for children, dedicated space for dogs, and curved benches.

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Not just a Silly Name: ‘Swampoodle’ Park Pays Tribute to D.C.’s Irish Past


DEC 18, 2017

The NoMa neighborhood in Northeast D.C. looks like an office park today, but there was a time when goats grazed that land, overseen by Irish immigrants who settled in the area more than 150 years ago.

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NoMa’s new dog park, what to expect

Expect it open to the public around November of this year

DC Curbed

APR 18, 2017, 1:07PM EDT

NoMa is expected to get a new park, half of which will be for dogs and half of which will be for children with a jungle gym-like structure included. Greater Greater Washington reported that the park will be located at the corner of Third and L streets NE.

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NoMa could have a new dog park by November

Greater Greater Washington

April 18, 2017

Before the end of the year, there will likely be a new playground and dog park at the corner of Third and L Streets NE. The park will bring a new jungle gym-like structure for children and some much needed space for dogs to a rapidly densifying corner of the District.

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The 9 Coolest Developments Coming to Washington in 2017


January 9, 2017

Ride into this fledgling DC neighborhood on the Red Line and you’re greeted by blocks of glassy new buildings. Adding parks could go a long way toward warming up the place, and NoMa is on track to get its first green space by fall. The parcel at Third and L streets, Northeast, is modest, but planners are packing in an off-leash area for dogs and a vertical playground called a Wallholla, made in the Netherlands and one of only five in the United States.

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The latest design for the new Third Street park in NoMa emphasizes kids and dogs

Greater Greater Washington

June 23, 2016

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.

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NoMa Residents Seek Help from Councilman Allen to Build Permanent Dog Park

Hill Now

September 14, 2015

Dog owners in NoMa are looking for Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen’s help in bringing a permanent dog park to the neighborhood as an empty lot currently serving as an unofficial space for unleashed dogs nears development.

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Petition: “We need a dog park in NoMa”


August 24, 2015

Thanks to all who passed on from (as of 11am 243 signatures):

“Dear Councilman Allen,

We need your help in securing a dog park in our neighborhood! Each day, several dozen residents congregate at an empty grassy lot (adjacent to the Loree Grand Apartments) with their four-legged loved ones. This plot of land has become the definition of “community” — it’s how countless neighbors have met each other, building important and lasting bonds within the community…”

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Dog Park Planned for Vacant Lot in NoMa

Hill Now

April 8, 2015

An empty lot that once was home to a Greyhound bus station might be a dog park by this summer.

The NoMa Business Improvement District is considering building a temporary dog park at the southeast corner of 1st and L streets NE, where the Storey Park residential and retail complex is set to open in 2017. NoMa currently does not have any parks where dogs can roam unleashed.

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