Proposed New Fields at ECC
The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) and Maret have entered into a long-term lease that will allow Maret to use the grounds behind the ECC's buildings, as well as the smallest of its four buildings, to create a multi-sport field and baseball diamond with an adjacent parking lot and auxiliary storage and restroom facilities.
Overview of Proposed New Fields
After searching the city for more than 30 years to find adequate field space to support our existing athletic programs, the proposed new fields will allow Maret to fulfill our mission to foster the academic, artistic, and athletic talents of our students. The partnership also supports the long-term vitality of the ECC and provides much-needed field space for youth sports in the city.
The proposed fields will be used primarily by Maret students for athletic practices and games. Given that athletic field space is in short supply in the city, Maret would also like to make the fields available to other DC-based youth athletic organizations that need greater access to quality field space. The ECC and neighbors will also enjoy access to the fields.
With a proposal for the new athletic fields in place, Maret is now proceeding through the appropriate District review and approval processes. This comprehensive effort includes coordination with ANC 3/4G, review by the DC Public Space committee, and a final hearing with the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).
Fundamental to this planning effort, Maret is working directly with neighbors to understand and address their questions and concerns. Several neighborhood meetings have already provided valuable input that will shape key elements of the project moving forward. Additional opportunities for active community engagement will be offered throughout the process to ensure that all interested stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in the planning effort. We invite all neighbors to join our email distribution list for timely notices of meetings and information.
In addition, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions to keep interested community members abreast of the key details of our plans as they unfold.