Alethia Tanner Park is a brand new park in the Eckington neighborhood, opened to the public in 2020. The park features a large lawn, playground, gardens, dog park, meadow, and a connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
Alethia Tanner, the namesake for the park, was a slave in 1810 who purchased her freedom from slavery by selling produce in Lafayette Park. Not only did she free herself from slavery, but she went on to free several family members and friends.
A strong proponent for education, she developed several free schools for black children in DC. She also funded the education of several family members who later went on to become leaders in DC’s education system. Alethia Tanner became the park’s namesake after a vote of over 2,100 community members.
Bring the dog, the kids, or a great book to check out DC’s newest park!