A slew of site plans and renderings showing the designs for the Waterfront Park at the Yards
have now entered into the public record, thanks to requirements that early designs (35%) be shown to the National Capital Planning Commission
. The NCPC will be voting on the designs at this Thursday's meeting
, and NCPC staff is recommending
is that they be approved.
The staff recommendation document is must reading
for anyone interested in the park, as it lays out many of the plans for the 5.5-acre site. There will be a huge "Great Lawn
" on the western portion of the site (south of what will be an extended Second Street). The currently existing inlet will be extended northward for a shallow "Canal Basin
", with an elaborate pedestrian bridge
above it. The designs also show the basic location of piers, marinas, and a water taxi stand
(cue Nats fans salivating), although the review of their designs will come later. The existing Lumber Storage Shed
(Building 173) will be renovated into glass-enclosed retail and entertainment offering, and two other buildings will eventually come to the park as well. At the eastern end will be a "River Garden", a shadier, more lush area of greenery. There will also eventually be some sort of "vertical iconic element" erected on the pier at Third Street, but no details are yet divulged.
It's estimated that the park will open in 2010. I have some photos of what the park area looks like now
, and have also included a few of the new renderings, but it's been a tough spot to get to over the years. (If your browser doesn't jump you to the right place, scroll to the bottom of the page. I'm gonna have to revamp my Yards stuff--it's too much going on to try to shoehorn into my current design scheme!)
UPDATE: I should also mention, for those of you interested in parking issues, that blacktop is now being put down on the open lot at The Yards south of Tingey between New Jersey and Third.....