NBW was selected by the NoMA Parks Foundation to design a two-acre park in the NoMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington DC. The site for the future NoMA Green is located next to the historic Eckington neighborhood, along the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) and between two Metro Red Line stops - well-positioned to act as a powerful link between two thriving neighborhoods. Historically, the site was a rail yard for freight and passenger trains traveling between Washington DC, Baltimore, and beyond. The design team is working towards the creation of a park that reflects the bustling energy of the site’s previous eras while providing much needed recreational space and access to nature for current and future neighbors. Remediation of the site is necessary due to its former industrial use. The client and design team are exploring this opportunity to educate visitors to various strategies for cleaning the soil, including phytoremediation - using plants in situ - for the removal, degradation, or containment of contaminants in soils.

Responding to robust community input, NBW’s plan envisions a neighborhood backyard – a place for people to come together: to re-energize, relax, learn, and play. Key park features will include a large lawn to accommodate a summer movie series, shaded woodland planting offering a place of cool respite, a playground, picnic area, café, and a dog park.

The park will help to shape the new neighborhood’s identity, serving the needs of the community and building on the history of the site and city to offer a dynamic community space for residents to call their own.

Collaborators: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, Olsson & Associates, Cerami & Associates, Bowman Consulting Group, ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC, CMS Collaborative, Gilmore Lighting Design, Setty & Associates International PLLC, Architectural Playground Equipment/Richter Spielgeräte, Robert Silman Associates