Podcast: Creating Urban Parks in D.C.'s NoMa

Washington, D.C.'s NoMa neighborhood saw a tremendous amount of rapid growth in the last decade. The problem? Almost no land was set aside for parks and publicly accessible space.

Today, leaders from the NoMa Business Improvement District and NoMa Parks Foundation are changing that with help of engaged local residents.

Listen to Robin-Eve Jasper and Stacie West, AICP, as they describe the steps they're taking to establish welcoming, sustainable, beautiful spaces where people can play, refresh and connect in NoMa, now and in the future — and how it all began with an APA-led Community Assistance Workshop.

About Our Experts

Robin-Eve Jasper is president of the NoMa Business Improvement District. With a passion for issues at the intersection of public policy and private investment, Jasper's career includes working as a corporate attorney and lobbyist in New York and Washington, D.C.; commercial development experience in Washington; a leadership role at D.C.’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable rental housing; and real estate consulting for governments and educational institutions nationwide.

Stacie West, AICP, is the director of parks projects for NoMa Parks Foundation. West was formerly a community planner and a capital city fellow with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, where she led development of the comprehensive Play DC Parks and Recreation Master Plan and orchestrated an improvement initiative to renovate all city-owned playgrounds. She managed over a dozen capital projects and was involved in all aspects of the projects, including design charrettes and construction management. West previously worked for the District Department of the Environment creating a public outreach strategy for the 20-year Sustainable DC plan. At the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, she focused on community impacts related to cycling, pedestrian, and transportation projects. West has a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Top image: Courtesy NoMa Business Improvement District.

August 9, 2016

By Emily Pasi