Welcome to Shepherd Park Citizens Association – SPCA!

Welcome to Shepherd Park Citizens Association - SPCA!

Shepherd Park is a thriving, friendly, diverse and historic neighborhood in the District of Columbia. We are located in the northern "point" of DC above Aspen Street, NW between Georgia Avenue and Rock Creek Park. In addition to Shepherd Park, we include the old Walter Reed Hospital site and the Colonial Village and North Portal Estates neighborhoods. They are located between 16th Street and Rock Creek Park.

We have many long-time residents and many recent arrivals, but everyone shares a love for our beautiful area, with its abundance of trees, gardens and architectural styles.


Shepherd Park was founded in the 19th century when the then District's Territorial Governor, Alexander "Boss" Shepherd, built his summer mansion here. Since then, it has grown into a neighborhood that celebrates its diversity and friendliness.


Shepherd Park has many unique and convenient characteristics. It is home to many families whose children attend our excellent local school, Shepherd Elementary, as well as families whose children attend one of the local private schools. We also have a vibrant variety of local houses of worship.


The Shepherd Park Citizens Association (SPCA) is a membership organization serving the residents of our area. The association's mission is to improve Shepherd Park’s quality of life. We hold membership meetings covering issues such as schools, public safety, zoning, planning and development, and the environment.

SPCA sponsors many special local events, including an annual community picnic, yard sale, potluck dinner, and garden tour, as well as a Halloween parade. We host candidate forums, maintain this website and publish a quarterly newsletter. The neighborhood also has an active e-mail list-serve.

Anyone interested in the SPCA is invited to join. Feel free to contact a member of the Board to ask questions or learn more about what we do.