Parks and Recreation
Glover Archbold Park
Although Burleith is very close to the center of the city, a 5-minute walk into the park can bring you into the middle of the woods, with no houses in sight. Administered by the National Park Service, Glover Archbold Park borders Burleith on the north and west. Two sections of Glover Archbold Park are open areas that are special recreation areas for Burleith. The lower Green Lot is at 37th Street and Whitehaven Parkway, and the Upper Field is north of 39th Street, between Burleith, Hillandale, and Glover Park. This space is popular for dog walking, but be aware that the Park Service requires dogs to be leashed. Trails through the woods link Burleith to the C&O canal towpath and to Rock Creek Park.
Ellington Field is a safe, green, and enjoyable place for community residents to go for a run, kick around a soccer ball, or enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon picnic. Local school teams also compete there, and the cheers of their supporters can be heard from blocks away. Access to the rubberized running track, playing fields, bleachers, and landscaped gardens is through entrances on 38th Street NW and 39th Street NW, between R Street NW and Reservoir Road NW.
In 2010, the Burleith Citizens Association established The Friends of Ellington Field & Gardens to spearhead the community's partnership with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and DC Public Schools to renovate and rejuvenate Ellington Field. Later that year, the District government launched a massive renovation of the field, including new landscaping and the planting of thousands of new shrubs, bulbs, and some 100 new trees. The Friends serves as a steward of the field and as the community's link with the District and Casey Trees. If you are interested in joining or supporting the group's work, please contact Rich Field at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Especially for Kids
The Tot Lot is a beloved local landmark located on 35th and S Streets NW next to the former Fillmore School. Beautifully renovated by the Corcoran School or Art + Design in 2000, it includes slides, swings, a playhouse, and a sandbox. The Tot Lot is also home to the annual Burleith Halloween Party.
Offering a range of classes and athletics (including playing fields and an outdoor swimming pool), Jelleff Community Center at 3265 S Street is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington system and partners with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Guy Mason Recreation Center features a large new playground surrounded by grass, a tall twisty slide, spring toys, swings, and a big sandbox. Located at 3600 Calvert Street NW, near Wisconsin Avenue, the center also offers the community a baseball field, classrooms, pottery workshop, and an official dog park.