At Thursday's meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission
, the Commission on its consent agenda "commented favorably" on concept designs presented to it by the city or Diamond Teague Park
, the new public plaza planned for the foot of First Street along the Anacostia River (across from the ballpark
The NCPC staff recommendation
provides some good detail about the plans for the park, including a not-too-pretty site map, which I've added to my Earth Conservation Corps/Diamond Teague Park
page. Yes, a water-taxi pier is still part of the plan, along with piers for fire, police, and EMS services. There will also be "educational piers" along the waterfront to allow visitors to walk out past the riverline--the NCPC calls this one of the few portions of the Anacostia's shoreline that hasn't had a concrete bulkhead built on it, which "represents a unique opportunity to showcase the diverse environmental restoration challenges faced with the Anacostia River."
This concept design is a revised version, after the Commission of Fine Arts suggested some changes
in September, and so presumably the city will be returning to the CFA with this updated design sometime soon. There are also many more steps to go before this park will become a reality, including things like permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service. (You might want to read this story from today's Washington Business Journal
about the needs for river dredging to keep up with all the planned uses of the city's rivers.)
In the meantime, you can see on my ECC/Teague page
a photo of the park footprint as seen from the viewing platform across the street at Nationals Park
to see how having a inviting public space could help draw stadium-goers the short distance to the river.