Waterfront Park in Capitol Riverfront Opens

by Will Smith

This weekend, a major addition to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood opened to the public. The Yards Park is a 5.5-acre landscaped waterfront park with a boardwalk, two large lawn spaces, and dog run, and 60-foot sculpted pillar called the Light Tower made of prisms that reflect light by day and are illuminated by night.


In addition to providing welcome green space, the new park will connect nearby residential projects to the Anacostia River, helping realize the vision of Capitol Riverfont as one of DC’s few waterfront neighborhoods.

Like many areas undergoing transformation, the Capitol Riverfront felt the effects of the economic crisis as many planned projects lost financing. Just a few weeks ago, however, a stalled residential project in the neighborhood, Foundry Lofts, secured a financing deal that put the project back on track. That development combined with the debut of the Yards Park this past weekend are tentative signs of renewed progress for one of DC’s youngest and most ambitious neighborhoods.

Below are some photos of the new park courtesy of the Capitol Riverfront BID.


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  1. dcgirl said at 10:51 am on Monday September 13, 2010:

    This is a beautiful park. Is it accessible by metro?

  1. Will Smith said at 10:59 am on Monday September 13, 2010:

    Hi dcgirl,

    Yes, very. The Navy Yard station on the Green Line is two blocks away.

    Will Smith

  1. Claire said at 11:04 am on Monday September 13, 2010:

    Use the New Jersey Ave exit at the Navy Yard Station and then walk two blocks south.  You’ll see feather banners leading the way.

  1. JR said at 11:41 am on Monday September 13, 2010:

    The park looks fantastic. An urban oasis and great anchor attraction for the neighborhood.

  1. pazzysmom said at 2:38 pm on Monday September 13, 2010:

    We went to the opening festival this weekend - it is a lovely park.  Great job!  Looks like they have plans for it to be like Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with more retail and restaurants opening.  The kids were playing/swimming in the fountain/reflecting pool area (including our own kid) - I wonder if it’s supposed to be a water park or they were just being lenient that day…

  1. Paul said at 3:40 pm on Monday September 13, 2010:

    I was one of the volunteers at the park.  The Capitol Front folks told us that kids were allowed to play in the reflecting pool area.  Though I think most kids took advantage of the fountain at the top.

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