Turtle Park is located in the American University Park neighborhood of
northwest Washington, D.C, at the corner
of Van Ness and 45th Streets.

DC Metrobus (N3, N4, N6 and N8)
stops on Massachusetts Ave.

DC Metrorail (redline) stops at the AU
Park / Tenleytown station which is located on Wisconsin Ave. at Albermarle Rd.


Friends of Friendship Park (FOFP) is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. Our mission is to assist the Washington, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation in the maintenance and improvement of Friendship “Turtle” Park.

We have a formalized ‘Friends of’ Park Partnership, which creates an arrangement under which organizations can help the DC Department of Parks and Recreation maintain city parks. Friends of Friendship Park has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Friends of Friendship Park (FOFP) is run by a Board of Directors. Officers are Lucy Cummings – President; Elisabeth Leamy – Secretary; Roxanne Haltmeyer – Treasurer; and Anne Gavin – Marketing. Other Board members include Katherine Buckley, Maria Creighton, Jonathan McHugh, Laura Stefani, Paul Steinberg, Sheila Summers Jenifer Tidwell and Warren Weinstein.

Board meetings are held monthly at the Friendship Park Recreation Center and are open to the public. For information, contact president@turtlepark.org.


In 2007, Turtle Park lost a great supporter and advocate, Karen Rosenthal. Karen was a presence at the Park for so long. Her strength, enthusiasm and humor elevated all of the lives she touched. Perhaps you never met the woman behind the sandbox. You didn’t have to know her. Knowing Turtle Park and the wonderful place it is for us and our children…well, that’s knowing Karen. Karen is missed by so many in so many ways.

Under a shady tree, you and me. Under a shady tree, you and …
Can you feel the breeze blow by? Can you feel it on your face?
This is our special place.
Under a shady tree, you and me.

– Deirdre Kloski