Welcome to Crispus Attucks Park!
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“The Cave Yard.” “The Secret Park.” Whatever you call it, it’s a unique space -- a private community park occupying the courtyard space behind a single city block of houses in Washington DC's Bloomingdale neighborhood. The long, narrow stretch of green space is bounded by the alleys of the North Capitol, U, V, and First Streets NW. Street signs on the nearby corners of First Street point residents in the direction of the park, or "Crispus Attucks Court." Access to the court is gained through four alley entrances or, for those who live on the park, from their backyards.
Crispus Attucks Park is NOT not publicly funded park. It is maintained and supported entirely through private donations and volunteer labor. The park is owned by the nonprofit Crispus Attucks Development Corporation (CADC) on behalf of the surrounding homes. The District government has made the land free from real estate taxes in return for its use as a resource for the local community. The park’s unique status requires a balance: neighbors who live on the park appreciate the value to the community of having common green space, while all who use the park respect the property on which they are guests and help to keep it a true "community oasis". See "Rules for Park Use" below for more information.
The park is named in honor of Crispus Attucks, an African American former slave and the first person to lose his life in the Boston Massacre, heralding the beginning of the American Revolution.