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Proposed New Fields at ECC

The Episcopal Center for Children and Maret have entered into a partnership to develop additional field space in the District of Columbia.

Drawing of sports fields

About the Athletic Complex Proposal

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) and Maret School have signed 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 new athletic complex with a multi-sport field and baseball diamond.

Netting between sports field and trees
Aerial view of baseball and multisport fields

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Maret is leasing five acres and the media center building from the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a private, non-profit organization serving children and their families.
  • The turf fields will be used primarily for Maret athletic practices and games. Maret would like to make it available to other District-based youth athletic organizations that would benefit from access to more quality field space in the city. 
  • The fields will have adequate landscaping to provide privacy for adjacent homeowners and netting to capture balls on all four sides.
  • The fields do not include lights for nighttime play and will not be used after dark. Low-wattage perimeter security lights will be provided.
  • Parking will be provided on-site, and parking on Nebraska Avenue will be available adjacent to the ECC property. We are exploring bike share, bike racks, and other solutions to enhance site-wide mobility.
  • The 12 “apostle” heritage trees behind the ECC buildings will be protected. Other healthy heritage trees will be retained in place or safely transplanted to acceptable on-site locations.
  • The new fields will include low-impact stormwater management structures and techniques.
  • Traffic and transportation mitigation measures will be included as we advance plans with the community and the District.

ECC and Maret Joint Statement

Media Contact Information

For ECC:
Ami Neiberger-Miller

For Maret:
Carolyn Law
Dir. of Communications

About the ECC

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to serving the needs of children and their families for the past 125 years. In June 2019, the ECC suspended operation for its K-8 therapeutic school for children with emotional challenges from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. The Board of Directors continues to be committed to its longstanding mission of serving children in determining plans for the ECC’s future. 

Maret Athletics