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About FFF and Membership

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Location of Francis Field, about 9 blocks northwest of the White House.

Geography and Purpose

Posted: October 7, 2020

Friends of Francis Field (FFF) is a group of residents interested in improving Francis Field, a recreational facility and park in the West End neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

It was organized in 1998 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2008. It was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in the same year.

The map at left shows the field's location. It is about nine blocks northwest of the White House.

Francis Field is located on the west side of 25th Street NW, between M and N Streets. It is partially owned by the National Park Service and is part of Rock Creek Park. The eastern side of the field was transferred to the District of Columbia in 1967. The entire field is managed by the District's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Since 2008, FFF has funded more than $175,000 worth of improvements to the field, including removing the chain-link fence that once enclosed it, the addtion of benches, new sidewalks, safety lighting, a drinking fountain, landscaping, and a landscape architetural master plan.

Partnership with the District of Columbia

In June 2013 FFF entered into a "Park Partners" partnership agreement with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, which allowed it to make improvements on the field with private funds. That public-private partnership has been renewed for additional terms and with new projects.

The agreement now extends to December 31, 2022. Our current, plan agreement is on this website in PDF format.

Join Us!

Scene of people planting trees
The tree-planting in May 2017 was one of FFF's largest volunteer activities.

FFF is governed by a five-member Board of Directors whose members are elected for three-year terms. Members are admitted at the discretion of the Board, but membership is open to the general public. Dues are $10 annually. The Board of Directors appoints the organization's officers.

Several volunteer projects are being undertaken this year, including the new Francis Tree Lab, the West End Flyer, Rebecca Coder Park for non-athletic recreation, and other work on and off the field.

The Covid-19 situtation has delayed some of the landscaping work that was planned for this spring, but we intend to be doing some planting this fall and early winter. We encourage our neighbors to get involved.

Posted: October 7, 2020

Dues are accepted by check or by credit card using PayPal. The "Donate" button below takes you to the PayPal website, which accepts most major credit cards. No personal information is kept on this FFF website.

You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate by credit card, but you may use your existing PayPal account if you have one. This same button may be used to pay dues and make contributions.There is a drop-down menu that also allows you to specifiy dues payment, field improvement, or the Rebecca Coder Park fund.

For new members we need either a USPS mailing address or an email address so that we can inform our voting members of the Annual Meeting date, and other events. These addresses are not stored on this website, and will not be sold or used for any other purpose than informing our members of activities. Notifications by email or U.S. Postal Service should not exceed four per year, except for those who wish to receive the West End Flyer, as described below.

The West End Flyer is a temporary monthly newsletter which is being published during the Covid 19 sitituation. Members may opt out of receiving it. See PDF version on current Home page.

FFF cardYou can also donate or pay membership dues by check or money order. A larger version of the card at left can be printed from a PDF file on this website for your convenience. It prints out on one sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Click for the printable version here or on the form at right.

Friends of Francis Field
2501 M Street NW #805
Washington, DC, 20037

Board of Directors

James O'Connell, Gary Griffith, Patricia Tith, Laura Belt, Thomas Firestone

Advisory Board

Michele Scardina, Jane Wilner, Madelyn Appelbaum

Copyright 2020 Friends of Francis Field