For a complete set of Before-and-After photos from around the park's perimeter,
see my Canal Park Expanded Photo Archive.
May 28, 2016 -
.... And the same view, after a few years of growth (and a wet spring). Alas, the view of the Capitol dome is gone, thanks to the Park Chelsea
May 26, 2013 - The park's southern block, home to what was then the Park Tavern restaurant and a water feature in the warm months....
February 5, 2018 -
... And a slightly different outdoor experience in the winter, not quite five years after the park opened, and with signage announcing Wiseguy Pizza as restaurant tenant #3. In the background is the construction of the Harlow apartment building
. (More skating photos here
Sept. 30, 2018 -
Signage announcing the arrival of the pavilion's newest tenant, offering all manner of easily grabbed offerings with its opening on Oct. 2, 2018.
May 2, 2013 - The middle block's pavilion and water feature.
May 2, 2013 - The new L Street within the park, looking eastward. Visible are the pavers, lighted bollards, and almost-invisible curbs that, along with the narrowness of the street in comparison to the next block, are to signal to drivers to slow down. No parking is allowed on L or K.
March 4, 2016 - The eastern side of the pavilion, not long after Il Parco's opening.
Sept. 30, 2018 -
The same spot, 2 1/2 years later.
November 16, 2012 - The interior of the Park Tavern restaurant, inside the main pavilion, on the day of the park's opening. In late 2015, the owners closed the Park Tavern and reopened it in early 2016 as "Il Parco," a Neapolitan pizza restaurant. Il Parco then closed in August 2017.
May 26, 2013 - Walkways and greenery in the park's middle block.
May 2, 2013 - The very northern portion of the park, looking southward.
May 26, 2013 - On the roof of the pavilion that houses the Park Tavern restaurant, with some al fresco diners visible at left.
May 2, 2013 - The green, green grass of the northern block.
November 16, 2012 -
Nighttime skating. For more images of the park at night in winter, see this gallery
What the Canal Park site looked like, north of M Street facing east, for many many years. (10/14/06)
... And the same view, more than six years later. (5/2/13)
A northward-facing view of the middle block of the park, with the school buses still in residence. (2/3/07)
November 4, 2019
- The same location, with the park completed.
The view to the south on 2nd Street just north of L, before the US Deparment of Transportation came along, but with the schoolbuses firmly entrenched. (9/19/04)
July 8, 2018
- The same location, completed.
Canal Park's footprint covers three blocks running north from M Street SE to I Street. This shows the view from M Street looking north, in May 2003. (5/03)
May 19, 2019
-The same location, completed. The building in the distance is 225 Virginia/200 I
, itself having undergone a transformation.
Two views of the western side of the park, looking southward, first in August 2003. (I always loved the wooden elevated guardhouse that's just barely visible at left.) (08/03)
June 16, 2018
- The same location, long after the construction of the US Department of Transportation in the distance, and with trees in place.
Looking north on 2nd Street (or is it Canal Street? The world may never know), just past its intersection with M Street, in October 2003. The park now runs along the right; 1100 New Jersey is at left, completed in 2003. (10/03)
Again looking north, but this time on the east side of the park's footprint, in May 2003. (05/03)
On August 31, 2010, a ceremonial groundbreaking with Mayor Fenty, Ward 6 council member Tommy Wells, and other dignataries was held to mark the start of construction on the park. (See more photos of the groundbreaking
In April 2007, the JBG Cos. (developers of the DOT HQ
at the southern end of the Canal Park site) presented the city with a check for $4 million, $2.5 million of which will go toward the creation of both Canal Park (the rest will help fund Diamond Teague Park
a few blocks away). The contribution was required as part of the zoning order that established the Department of Transportation HQ
Here, Mayor Fenty speaks to the crowd assembled at 2nd and M Streets, with the ubiquitous School Buses of Canal Park in the background. (04/07)
From left: Chris Smith of William C. Smith, Mayor Fenty, the mother and father of ECC volunteer Diamond Teague, Councilman Tommy Wells, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development Neil Albert, and Ben Jacobs, CEO of JBG Cos. (see ceremony video from DC16
(Left) A rendering of the original Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol park design, looking south toward the Department of Transportation HQ. This rendering was displayed on the large sign at 2nd and M Streets (right), which was the backdrop for councilman Tommy Wells' remarks at a check presentation ceremony in April 2007 (see ceremony video from DC16