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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
(Near Southeast Portion)

Planned 20-mile multi-use trail along the east and west banks of the Anacostia River

In the Pipeline
25 M
Yards/Parcel I
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
More Capper Apts.
Yards/DC Water site
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
Thompson Hotel ('20)
West Half ('19)
Novel South Capitol ('19)
Yards/Guild Apts. ('19)
Capper/The Harlow ('19)
New DC Water HQ ('19)
Yards/Bower Condos ('19)
Virginia Ave. Tunnel ('19)
99 M ('18)
Agora ('18)
1221 Van ('18)
District Winery ('17)
Insignia on M ('17)
F1rst/Residence Inn ('17)
One Hill South ('17)
Homewood Suites ('16)
ORE 82 ('16)
The Bixby ('16)
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Cap. ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)
  May 28, 2016 - The western bank of the Anacostia River, and the southwestern stretch of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, as seen from the viewing platform at Nationals Park. If you want to take a walk along the Riverwalk, try starting just across the street from the ballpark's grand staircase at the corner of 1st Street and Potomac Ave., SE. Take the crosswalk toward the Old Capitol Pumphouse, which marks the location of Diamond Teague Park and Piers, then turn left on the boardwalk. By late 2016 the new public plaza in front of the pumphouse and east of the Dock 79 apartment building on the old Florida Rock site should be completed.
  April 17, 2016 - A new stretch of the Riverwalk is expected to open later in 2016, running in front of Dock 79 east of Teague Park.
DDOT's map of the trail's status, as of early 2012. Near Southeast's completed portions of the trail are marked as numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 15. (See full-sized version.) Still to be completed is 18, the Florida Rock portion.
In 2005, the river's edge near the old Capitol Pumphouse had recently been the recipient of some nice landscaping and path work by members of the Earth Conservation Corps. (12/12/05)
The same location, in April 2010, about six months after Diamond Teague Park's construction was completed. (4/10/10)
Up until 2011, there was no way to walk northeast along the river from Diamond Teague Park. The view seen here is to the under-construction Yards Park. (4/10/10)
The same location, a few days after the new bridge connecting the two parks opened. (11/25/11)
An information display on the new bridge, which crosses in front of DC Water's historic O Street Pumping Station building. For more images of the new bridge, see this gallery. (11/25/11)
Coming to the end of the bridge, and arriving at the Yards Park, with the Navy Yard's Display Ship Barry getting closer. Unfortunately, in May 2016 the Barry was towed away from its home of 30 years. (11/25/11)
Turning back to look at the bridge just crossed. Note Nationals Park at rear center. The concrete tower at far left, on the Florida Rock site, was demolished a few weeks after this photo was taken. (11/25/11)
The Yards Park is a six-acre public park that opened in September 2010, with all manner of striking features and distinct sections. (I'll be focusing on its boardwalk portion on this page; see my Yards Park page for much more information.) (9/7/10)
Construction of the boardwalk near the Yards Park overlook, in spring 2010. (5/25/10)
Nighttime along the Yards Park boardwalk, with the blue lights of the Douglass Bridge at rear. (9/24/10)
And sometimes you should actually turn and look at the river. This is the view of the day of the park's ribbon cutting, with DCFD's fire boat the John Glenn providing some entertainment. Poplar Point and the eastern branch of the trail are across the way. (9/7/10)
March 7, 2016 - A new addition to the Riverwalk and the Yards Park in summer 2016 will be a 50-slip marina, seen here still under construction.
Standing near the river's edge in the footprint of what would become the Yards Park, in May 2009. This area was formerly part of the Southeast Federal Center, and before that, the Navy Yard (when it stretched much farther west than it does today.) (05/09)
  June 9, 2016 - A slightly different angle of the same location, minus the Display Ship Barry.

The Navy Yard's portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk was finished long before other sections, such as the boardwalk at the Yards Park, but full unfettered public access did not come until spring 2012. The top photo shows the view into what was then the Southeast Federal Center in April 2004; the bottom photo, in February 2012, reflects how things have changed in eight years. Nationals Park is at rear center. (2/26/12)
A zoomed view northeastward along the Navy Yard's riverwalk. See my Navy Yard page for additional photos.(2/26/12)
A steel bridge across one of the Navy Yards' old inlets, from when ships were actually built there. (2/26/12)
The eastern end of the Navy Yard's portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk, as it heads toward its exit at 11th Street. The old outbound 11th Street Bridge is visible, for now. (2/26/12)
It used to be when you exited the east end of the Navy Yard portion of this riverwalk, this was the view you were greeted with. (11/13/05)
May 26, 2013 - The same location, now just a wee bit different in all directionsClick to see all available photos of this location.
In 2013, the trail area just to the south of 11th Street and east of the Navy Yard Riverwalk was cleaned up and rehabbed, on the footprint where the old outbound 11th Street Bridge used to stand. (5/26/13)
Also built at the foot of 11th Street is a new landing right alongside the river. And, jutting out from the new 11th Street Local Bridge are two new overlooks with panoramic views of the river and its surroundings. This new local bridge also has a wide pedestrian path that will allow for easy connections to and from the eastern and western portions of the Riverwalk. (5/26/13)
East of 11th Street, the trail currently diverges into two parts. This is the section that runs on M Street, seen here looking east at what would be about 13th Street. (5/31/10)
Back in the day, the path along the river ran in front of the Anacostia Community Boathouse area and the two brick storage buildings, both of which are gone now, replaced by the new 11th Street Bridges. (10/07)
Construction on the trail, along the far eastern portion of M Street, in August 2008. (8/23/08)
Hard to tell what you're seeing here, but at far right is where the trail passes under the Sousa Bridge, and outside of my current photo-taking territory. It continues toward RFK and eventually to Benning Road, and a bridge across the railroad tracks just north of this location is opening on April 24, 2012. (8/23/08)
When the Douglass Bridge was rehabbed in 2007, a concrete divider with nice new wrought iron fences served to spruce up the pedestrian path, but it's still narrow. It does take users directly to Poplar Point and the eastern part of the riverwalk, at least. And eventually a new Douglass Bridge will have much wider paths and better connections. (8/29/07)
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