The Parks Main Street (TPMS) is the newest member of DC Main Streets, a comprehensive program of the city’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to revitalize neighborhood business corridors in the District of Columbia. TPMS operates under the auspices of its fiscal sponsor, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

What We Do

The Parks Main Street is committed to transforming business corridors and creating economic impact for our neighborhoods by RAIN:

Revitalizing our communities by supporting retention and recruitment of small businesses to enhance economic vitality.

Attracting consumers to our commercial corridors through promotions that showcase them as thriving, welcoming destinations.

Improving the design of commercial properties and streetscapes by providing competitive grant funds for façade improvement.

Neighborhood organizations mobilizing and advocating to assist businesses and to coordinate sustained, community-driven revitalization efforts within TPMS neighborhoods and the organization.

As a DC Main Street, The Parks Main Street builds on the Four Points Main Street America Approach that has helped revitalize communities nationwide.

Who We Serve

TPMS represents small, independent businesses located in Manor Park in Ward 4 of upper northwest, and Riggs Park in Ward 5 of upper northeast. Through the leadership of our executive director, board of directors and community volunteers, small business owners receive technical assistance, retail grants and promotion assistance to support economic redevelopment efforts that engage and excite our communities.

The Parks Main Streets boundaries:

Manor Park

  • Third Street, NW, between Rittenhouse and Sheridan Streets.

Riggs Park

  • South Dakota Avenue NE between Galloway Street and Riggs Road, NE
  • Riggs Road NE between Chillum Place NE and the Metro Tracks
  • 5600 block of 3rd Street NE and the 5700 Block of 2nd Street NE between Riggs Road, NE and New Hamsphire Avenue, NE

Edwin D. Washington, Executive Director

Board Members

Rhonda Henderson, Chair, Finance Committee

David A. Kosub, Ph.D., Vice-Chair, Promotions Committee

Nickolas H. Barber, Secretary, Organization Committee Chair

Alison Brooks, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Joe Carrol, Economic Vitality Committee Chair

Joseph Gibbs, Design Committee Chair

Sarah Shank, Promotions Committee Co-Chair

Joann Stevens, Promotions Committee Co-Chair

Ray Crawford, Design Committee Member

Eric Grauvilardell, Economic Vitality Committee Member

Lauren Stephens, Economic Vitality Committee Member

The executive director provides quarterly technical training in grant writing and business organization to help businesses apply for city retail grants to improve services and meet changing customer needs.

Nearly $90K in robust retail grants have been awarded to date by the city’s Department of Small and Local Business Development to Parks Main Streets businesses in fiscal year 2019.

  • CHILD Center - $10,000
  • Culture Coffee Too - $20,000
  • The Davis Center - $20,000
  • Peaches Kitchen Restaurant & Catering - $20,000
  • Troka Insurance - $9,218
  • The VIP Room - $10,000