The Yards Park

Your Guide
Joan Honeyman, ASLA

The Yards Park is the green jewel in the new Capitol Riverfront redevelopment neighborhood near the Washington Nationals Stadium. The site, along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, was originally a manufacturing annex of the Washington Navy Yard. Many old warehouse buildings surround the park, contributing an industrial character to the area. Major features like the riverfront boardwalk and 200-foot steel pedestrian bridge are links in the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail system. Designed by M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, the park has become an important catalyst in the emerging network of D.C. riverfront public space by promoting an accessible and economically viable waterfront. By celebrating water in its many forms, the Yards Park is a wonderful example of how a collection of large scale public landscape rooms with different characters and uses can create a sense of place. Each landscape feature transitions into the next with a considered focus on materials and plantings that complement their riverside context. 

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