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The Yards: Yards Park

A 5.8-acre park along the Anacostia River; construction begun in 2008, officially opened Sept. 7, 2010

In the Pipeline
One M/10 Van
Yards/Icon Theater
DC Water HQ
Yards/Parcel O
Lynch/Half St.
JBG/Half St.
1000 South Capitol
25 M
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
New Douglass Bridge
Capper Apts.
250 M St.
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
Congressional Square
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Capitol ('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)
A pre-construction rendering showing an aerial view of the Yards Park at dusk. The "Great Lawn" is the green patch at left, the expanded Canal Basin with its pedestrian bridge is just to the right, the Lumber Shed and its plaza is at top center, and the boardwalk runs across the bottom past marinas and piers and west to Diamond Teague Park. The first phase of the park was completed in September 2010.
The Pedestrian Bridge and Light Tower, seen at the park's Sept. 7 grand opening. For many more photos from the ribbon cutting, see this Gallery. (9/7/10)
Near the water's edge. (9/7/10)
A nighttime shot at the park, showing the canal basin, the Lumber Shed, and the ghostly presence of the Foundry Lofts building. For more nighttime shots of the park, see this gallery. (9/24/10)
The Yards Park bridge has become quite a destination for photo shoots, and it now gets a holiday touch each year with its mistletoe ball. (1/1/15)
In late 2011, the bridge connecting Yards Park with Diamond Teague Park and Nationals Park opened. (See a gallery of photos of the new bridge.) (11/25/11)
Looking at the Yards Park and the Foundry Lofts from downriver, on the Douglass Bridge, in January 2012. (1/8/12)
A "before" view of the park's footprint along 3rd Street south of Water, in August 2005. (8/6/05)
The same location, now to be known as the Third Street Plaza. For many more before-and-afters in the park, see the Expanded Archive. (9/7/10)
Turning around and looking north up Third Street from south of what would become Water Street, in 2005. (8/6/05)
The same location, showing off the canal basin, the waterfall, and the fountains at the Third Street Plaza, on the day of the park's ribbon cutting. (9/7/10)
The riverfront near the bulkhead, before. (7/17/08)
A similar view of the same location, with the park completed. (9/7/10)
The historic Lumber Storage Shed, built in the 1930s and showcasing its decidely non-historic salmon-colored tin exterior. (7/17/08)
November 15, 2014 - A similar view, with the shed long since de-skinned and now open as a retail pavilion. (More details here.) Click to see all available photos of this location.
Walking on the bridge at night. For more nighttime shots of the park, see this gallery. (9/24/10)
A view from the overlook toward the open grass and boardwalk. (8/27/10)

A before-and-after of the park as seen from Poplar Point, looking north up Third Street, SE, on Feb. 24, 2008 (top) and Jan. 8, 2012 (bottom). Click to see all available photos of this location.
The boardwalk and the light tower, looking toward Diamond Teague Park and the Florida Rock site and the Douglass Bridge (and Buzzard's Point in Southwest) in the distance. (9/7/10)

Looking at the park footprint from the southeast viewing platform at Nationals Park, first on 9/1/07 while the stadium was in under construction, and then at the end of the ballpark's third season, a few weeks after the Yards Park opened. (9/25/10)
Standing on the Great Lawn, looking back toward the Canal Basin and the Foundry Lofts. (9/7/10)
A water's edge view of the stepped landscaping that rises up from the boardwalk. The three (well-concealed) retail pavilions, with the shed at left, won't be completed until the park's second phase.
Standing south of the axis of Fourth Street, looking east toward the Navy Yard and the Display Ship Barry, in 2005. (8/6/05)
The same location, with the location known as the "Virginia Avenue Gardens" getting some down-to-the-wire work done just before the park's opening. (9/7/10)
Looking toward the Douglass Bridge from near the Fourth Street line, in 2008. (10/29/08)
The same location, on the day of the park's ribbon cutting. (9/7/10)
Another nighttime look at the park, showing the canal basin, the pedestrian bridge, and the light tower. For more shots of the park after dark, see this gallery. (9/24/10)
The second phase will see the rehabilitation of the Lumber Storage Shed as well as the construction of two new buildings, all of which will offer a combined 55,000-sq-ft of retail. Here are basic drawings of the three structures, as seen from along the water (top) and from Water Street (bottom).
Looking west into what will be the eastern footprint of the park, from the riverwalk in front of the Navy Yard, in April 2004. (04/04)
The educational organization Living Classrooms of the National Capital Area will be eventually building their new main campus building on this location. There's no timeline yet for construction, and it will probably be a while, since Living Classrooms will be undertaking a fundraising drive to pay for the project. (Rendering from STUDIOS Architecture)
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