Note that LeDroit Park's Anna J. Cooper Circle at 3rd & T St NW is mentioned.
And Bloomingdale's hidden Crispus Attucks Park is also listed. The privately owned park is bounded by the alleys of 1st St NW, U St NW, V St NW and North Capitol St NW.
With 8,513 acres of park land, D.C. residents seemingly have better access to green space than most people in the U.S. According to the Trust for Public Land, 96 percent of residents live within a half-mile of a park.
For some, that includes some of the city's marquee spots like the National Mall, Dupont Circle, and Rock Creek, Malcolm X/Meridian Hill, Fort Dupont and Yards parks. But others are served by smaller pocket, triangle and circle parks, with the quality varying.
Part of the issue, as the City Paper explained a few years ago, is confusion over ownership of the land. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation manages 360 properties, 229 of which are triangle parks. The National Park Service controls vast swaths of land in D.C., including dozens of triangle parks on Capitol Hill alone. If not in a prominent location, some of the best small parks in D.C. are the ones with community support. There's a fair chance your favorite pocket park may be left off this list, so please leave it in the comments.
ANNA J. COOPER CIRCLE: Named for a groundbreaking African American scholar and educator, Anna J. Cooper Circle is located in LeDroit Park, where she lived until her death at age 105. Her nearby home is now occupied by a family. The traffic circle, while not extraordinary, is home to mature trees and several benches in one of the most charming neighborhoods in D.C.
Anna J. Cooper Circle is located at 3rd and T streets NW....
CRISPUS ATTUCKS PARK: Otherwise known as "that secret park in Bloomingdale," according to your friend who probably moved to D.C. in the last year or two and won't shut up about it. I kid, I kid. But seriously, Crispus Attucks Park, tucked away behind a few alleys in between row houses in Bloomingdale, isn't so secret because everyone seems to know about it. Still, it's one of the best, most serene parks in the middle of the city. Perfect for an afternoon picnic, or just a quiet spot to read a book, it's big enough that you can spread out without fear of intruding on someone else's personal space. —Matt Cohen