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Progress at Canal Park, From Above and Inside,
July 30, 2012
Not the best lighting for taking photos, but it didn't stop me from going inside the park's construction fences for the first time--
and taking another view from on high--to see how the park is going in advance of its planned November, 2012 opening. Read more about
these photos in this blog post, and see my main Canal Park project page for additional details.
Looking northward at about 75 percent of the park's footprint, with Capitol Quarter and 200 I Street also visible.
The park's southern block, where the pavilion, fountains, and ice rink are well underway.
A closer view of the middle block, with the water feature running along the upper/right portion. The ponded spot within the sodded area will be home to a sculpture before long.
Another view of the park's southern edge, to show its proximity to M Street SE and the US Department of Transportation headquarters.
The section of L Street SE within the park's footprint will reopen to vehicular traffic before too long, but with a new narrower line and with raised pavers to (hopefully) impress upon drivers that this is an area where speeds should be very low.
The east side of the pavilion. During the winter, skaters will line up at left and go under the pavilion to rent their skates and enter the rink. Just behind the tree at center is the entrance to the Park Tavern restaurant.
The Park Tavern's interior, with the larger bar in the center of the room now framed, along with the kitchen at far right. The windows look out over the restaurant's patio space and the park's ice rink.
Tables will run along the restaurant's eastern side, with glorious views of 2nd Street and USDOT.
Looking at the pavilion's north side, with the staircase to its upper deck. The black area will not be a slide or skateboarder's paradise, it will be plantings.
A view into what will be the light cube on top of the pavilion.
The second floor of the pavilion will be open to the public, with views down to the ice rink and the rest of the park.
The stairs down the south end of the pavilion, toward the ice rink and fountains. If you're wondering why the staircase seems to have two different sized steps, it's because the ones on the right will have wooden slats added to them for a "bleachers" feel for sitting and watching the skating/fountain-frolicking.
The pavilion's western side, where the restaurant's outdoor seating will be, and the footprint of the ice rink.
The pavilion and environs as seen from L Street.
A street-level view looking west on L Street, with its narrowness, brick pavers, and lack of curbs providing a visual cue that this is a pedestrian-centric location.
And turning around to look east on L, toward Capitol Quarter.
The tree-lined sidewalk along the park's western edge south of L, running alongside the ice rink. (The trees look much less forlorn when the sun is out.)
The water feature in the park's middle block. The steel pavilion will soon be moved back on top of the green and white fountains tubes at center.
A small green space in the park's middle block, where the sculpture will be installed.
Standing in the center of the park, south of K Street, looking south. Again, much nicer when the sun is out.
The park's western sidewalk, south of K.
The sidewalks along the southern side of L. Lot 38 Espresso is hiding behind the trees at center.