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Crispus Attucks Park

“The Cave Yard.” “The Secret Park.” Whatever you call it, Crispus Attucks Park is a unique space in downtown Washington DC: a hidden 1.06 acre oasis of flowers, trees and grass, stretching the length of a city block and the width of a half-dozen rowhouses.

Community park

63 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Twenty years ago, the property looked nothing like it does today. A burned out building and concrete and asphalt surfaces littered with abandoned cars would have greeted a visitor walking down the alley. Neighborhood residents worked together to reclaim the space and transform it into the community gem it is today. 

Crispus Attucks 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.

The park is located in the alley complex behind the unit blocks of U and V Sts. NW and the 2000 blocks of First and North Capitol Sts. NW, and is owned and managed by Crispus Attucks Development Corporation (CADC), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), community development organization.


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John Corea

John Corea, a public policy research manager for the biopharmaceutical industry, bought a house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington DC in 2002. He quickly became intrigued by—and then obsessed with—a plot of land behind his house that was collectively owned by the community. Nestled between two city streets, Crispus Attucks park is a “unique…

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