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Welcome to Alethia Tanner Park & Dog Park!

Become a Friend of Eckington Parks & Arts to help support and activate Eckington’s public spaces

Please join our next community/member meeting and elections on January 24 at 7 pm. Our meetings are just 30-45 minutes long, so we encourage you to sign in on time to avoid missing anything! See our January newsletter for more info and the zoom link.



Join our monthly cleanups! Meet at Yang Market at 10 am on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Meet neighbors, keep Eckington beautiful, and get a Lost Generation free drink ticket if you clean for at least an hour! Find out details and sign up on our Events page.


Read our latest newsletter for more events info and news in our community!


Eckington Parks & Arts is largely responsible for day-to-day maintenance and management of the dog park, including turf cleaning, purchase of dog waste bags, and setting rules to help keep pups safe. We rely on donations to help make this possible!


We are committed to keeping this community space available, and ask that dog park users please contribute if able. Donations of at least $60 automatically include an Eckington Parks & Arts membership for one household member. Donations of at least $100 include membership for two household members. Memberships run from January through December.


Suggested Donations:

We visit (almost) every day... $250/year or $20/month (recurring donation)

We visit once or twice a week... $60/year or $5/month (recurring donation)

We visit occasionally (drop-in visit).... $3/visit


Eckington Parks & Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with fiscal sponsorship through Green Spaces for DC (District of Columbia Green Spaces Coalition, #814914127). Check if your company matches donations for non-profit organizations to double your support of EP&A (such as through Benevity)! Look for Green Spaces - be sure to specify in the notes section that the donation is for Eckington Parks & Arts! Contact us with questions.



Gift yourself a new Eckington Parks & Arts frisbee for some fun with friends or your pup ($10 donation)! Or expand your pup's wardrobe (or yours!) and grab a snazzy EP&A bandana ($10 donation)! Your donation helps support everything we do, including taking care of the dog park. To purchase, stop by one of our tabling events or shoot us an email at

FAQ: How do I reserve park space for my event?

Park use permits are regulated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Per DPR guidelines, residents are required to visit the DPR permitting website to create an account and obtain a permit for any gathering of more than 10 people. Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks ahead. Use of the picnic tables and park spaces is otherwise first come, first serve for smaller events. Use of amplified music also requires DPR permission and must adhere to certain guidelines. No vehicles (including mopeds, dirt bikes, motorcycles, vans, cars, etc.) may be driven onto park property without express permission.


EP&A does not manage park use or reservations. As a neighbor-run organization, we also go through the DPR permitting office to gain park use permits for all our events!

Our newsletter is open to all community members (not just members) and includes updates on the organization, upcoming events, and community news.



Eckington Parks & Arts is an action-oriented nonprofit, philanthropic group that supports and activates Eckington’s public spaces. It is composed of members who contribute either time or monetary resources toward beautifying and activating public spaces in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Eckington. Although independent from the Eckington Civic Association (ECA), the two groups work collaboratively to engage neighbors and build our sense of community.


Our goal is to establish an action-oriented nonprofit, philanthropic group to support and activate Eckington’s public spaces.


The group will be composed of members who contribute either time or monetary resources toward beautifying and activating public spaces in Eckington.


We plan to host at least 3 events in 2021, and grow to host additional events in future years, both at Tanner Park and at other Eckington green spaces.


In 2021, our focus will still be on Tanner Park; however, we will begin to extend our efforts to include the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). In future years, we will expand to Harry Thomas Recreational Center and other Eckington green spaces.

Alethia Tanner Park

In December 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired two acres of vacant land from Pepco. As envisioned in the NoMa Parks 2012 Public Realm Design Plan,  the park originally called “NoMa Green” will provide for outdoor recreation and community gatherings and serve as NoMa’s “backyard.” In May 2016, an additional half-acre of park space was acquired at the northeast corner, allowing for the softening of the R Street NE Z-turn on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). These transactions earned the NoMa Parks Foundation a “Best Community Impact” award as part of the Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2016. The NoMa Parks Foundation worked with the community during 2016 and 2017 to design the park, which opened in early 2019.

Eckington Parks & Arts is a projejct organization of Green Spaces for DC. Green Spaces for DC envisions equitable access to parks and open spaces that enhance the health and well-being of neighborhoods and our D.C. Metro Area community.

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