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Yards Park Construction Progress
May 25, 2010
First, the rendering of the park, for orientation purposes as you look at the rest of the photos. Note that the marina and the other retail pavilions are not part of the park's first phase, and will come later.
Walking into the park from near Third Street, with the pedestrian bridge and Canal Basin (and the Anacostia River) up ahead. The bridge will be painted a more whitish-beigeish-steelish color.
Looking across the Canal Basin toward the now-naked Lumber Storage Shed. When the park opens in late summer, the shed will remain open as it looks now, but eventually there will be retail offerings and glass walls.
The bridge, looking east. (You can see the Display Ship Barry at the Navy Yard at right.)
The eastern edge of the Great Lawn, as seen from the bridge, with the Douglass Bridge in the distance at right.
Looking east across the park from the edge of the Great Lawn, toward the bridge, overlook, boardwalk, and Navy Yard.
First time on the bridge.
The view of the Anacostia River and Poplar Point from on the bridge.
Turning around and looking north across the Canal Basin and up Third Street from the bridge, with the US Department of Transportation HQ looming at rear. There will be water in the basin, with a waterfall flowing off the sharp edge at center, and fountains and an additional water feature behind that.
Under the bridge.
The staircase from the Canal Basin up to the Lumber Shed and overlook.
Here it is, the portion of the park being anticipated so highly: The Dog Park, on the far western edge, between the WASA building and the Great Lawn.
The western edge of the Great Lawn.
The westernmost tip of the park, with Diamond Teague Piers at right in the distance. Someday there will be a floating bridge to connect the two parks (the distance is much smaller than it appears in this wide-angle shot), but there's currently no timeline for construction.
Looking south toward the river along the Lumber Shed's eastern flank.
The Lumber Shed, as seen from the Overlook. The Shed is being cleaned up and visitors will be allowed to walk through the ground floor level when the park opens in late summer. Eventually there will be retail on both floors, and the building will receive a glass exterior.
Inside the Shed.
Looking at the bridge from just off the Overlook.
Zooming in to look at the bridge with Nationals Park in the background.
A wider view of the bridge and the Overlook.
The boardwalk's eastern edge as seen from the overlook, looking southwest toward the Douglass Bridge. The corner spot is where the 60-foot light tower will be installed--originally it was not going to arrive until the park's second phase, but it's now expected that the tower will arrive by barge in July and be raised into position in time for the park's opening.
Looking west from the Overlook to the Great Lawn area, with huge boulders now in place.
Looking east from the Overlook to the steps area.
First time on the boardwalk.
The boardwalk will stretch all the way to the Navy Yard. (That's a lot of wood planks still to lay.)
Turning around and looking at the boardwalk's footprint as it stretches west, with Nationals Park in the distance.
Another view of the Steps area and the under-construction boardwalk. (The tent is the Trapeze School.)
The boardwalk, the bridge, and the underside of the Overlook, which will be home to various retail kiosks.
This cracks me up. It's like in a movie--Where can we find a fire hydrant? Oh, wait, here's one.
Looking toward the boardwalk and the river.
The eastern edge of the park, where the boardwalk will continue its march to the Navy Yard.
A last look into the park footprint from north of Water Street. Eventually a retail building will be built here, but until then this will be part of the Lumber Shed Plaza.