About FFF and Membership
Geography and Purpose
Posted: March 12, 2022
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 plan for the landscape architecture.
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.
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 opportunities are available to members. A membership meeting is held at least once a year, usually in the spring or fall. The most recent was on October 28, 2021. See annual meeting article on this webiste.
Our major project this spring and fall will be implementing the landscape plan in the rear field. See related article on the fall planting.
Posted: April 8, 2022
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 more information on that fund and project, see the articles on "Rebecca Coder Park" on this website, using the Site Map.
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.
You can also donate or pay membership dues by check or money order.
A larger version of the card at right 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.
Board of Directors
Beth Monroe Chase
Friends of Francis Field
2501 M Street NW #805
Washington, DC, 20037