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The three days of opening festivities for the Yards Park are getting underway this afternoon, and so now everyone who wants to check out the nearly six acres of waterfront goodness will get their chance. The weather now looks kind of iffy for Sunday, but today and Saturday were forecasted to be pretty dang nice (except for the clouds that rolled in about an hour ago!), so while there's a ton of activities on tap, be sure to also just take some time to wander the grounds on your own.
And remember that the park isn't done yet--still to come over the next few years will be the renovating of the Lumber Storage Shed into a retail space, along with the construction of two smaller retail pavilions on the grassy lawns just to its east and eventually a marina. The bottom of my Yards Park page has the details, and you can also learn about the under-construction Foundry Lofts apartment building just to the north of the park, and the Boilermaker Shops retail building, which Forest City is now publicly saying is 60 percent pre-leased.
My husband and I bought our house on the southern edge of Capitol Hill in 1995, and there were many times in those first few years that we'd stand on Third Street, looking south under the freeway through a neighborhood we rarely ventured into, and talk about how we could see the Anacostia River flowing by. "Wouldn't it be great," we'd say, "if someday we could be able to walk from our house down to the waterfront, and stroll along the river?" (In the early days, such musings would usually be followed by a beat of silence and then peals of cynical laughter.) But a mere 15 years later (heh heh), we'll be doing just that, probably twice, both late this afternoon and again in time for the Nats Park fireworks to see the park at night for the first time.
With that, I leave the rest of the Yards Park-ing up to you guys. What do you think?
[But, as an advance response to anyone commenting on the current size of the dog run at the park, I'll pass along this statement from Forest City: "We certainly want to be sensitive to the needs of our four-legged friends and their human companions in The Yards Park. As Forest City finalizes its negotiations with DC Water and the District Government, we look forward to working with the community to expand the dog park, if the park is able to expand westward in the future."]
UPDATE: Here's Channel 7's video report on the opening.
UPDATE, 9/12: At the Post's article about the opening, and about What It Means for the rest of the neighborhood.
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Carey says: (9/10/10 1:37 PM)
I was there for the ribbon cutting and was able to walk around and explore and what an interesting and unique park for DC. The potential is huge since there is so much space and I look forward to the festivities planned for this weekend.


Jay says: (9/10/10 4:05 PM)
If you made a list of major league parks, or minor for that matter, that have a waterfront park next to it, or close by, well, I'm not sure there is one other than here.

Visited today around 10, and it is quite lovely, with the waterfall, shooting water a nice touch.

Can't wait to see at night also.

Standing O for all those who made it happen.

Oh, is the wire bridge meant to resemble something?


JD says: (9/10/10 4:09 PM)
Jay, You mean, other than a Slinky? ;-)


AndyCHT says: (9/10/10 5:04 PM)
I can't miss an opportunity to highlight my hometown's ballpark with a riverfront park: Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.

But also, off the top of my head, there's PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.


Jesse says: (9/10/10 5:40 PM)
JD,

You are the best! I'm a young employee and recent college grad who now works at the U.S. Department of Transportation. A coworker showed me your website last year and I have been following it religiously! Love all your columns and updates along with the pictures of progress in the Navy Yard area.

I had a chance to check out the riverfront park this afternoon and was surprised at the small size of the dog run. It's better suited for small dogs, but not big dogs that need to stretch their legs and play ball or frisbee like I do with my black labrador who is a service animal and accompanies me to my US DOT office every day.

The city will need to expand the dog run ASAP, otherwise, all the big dogs will just use the larger expanse of unfenced grass next door, adjacent to the pedestrian bridge.

Keep up the great work, JD!

Jesse and Liddy (service dog)



Jesse says: (9/10/10 5:44 PM)

JD,

I meant to ask you about the boardwalk. I spoke with a nice lady who was manning the information booth next to the sorbet cart (which was handing out free sorbets, by the way) and I asked her how long the boardwalk would be. She replied that it would run 20 miles from the National Ball Park through the Navy (which has graciously permitted its dock to be used as part the boardwalk for the public). The lady wasn't sure where the boardwalk would end, but she smiled and said it would be 20 miles down the river.

Would it be possible for you to investigate and find out where the boardwalk will end at the 20th mile? Name of the town or area would be helpful t to know?

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Jesse


JD says: (9/10/10 5:50 PM)
Hi Jesse--Eventually, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (which won't be a boardwalk the entire way) will run all the way to up Bladensburg, Maryland, and then down to the Southwest Waterfront. Don't know when exactly it'll be completed, though. And I'm glad you like the site!


Jesse says: (9/10/10 6:40 PM)

Hi JD - thanks for the quick response! I'm really excited about the new waterfront park and look forward to exploring the park and its 20 miles of trails. The recreational opportunities will be endless and will help with quality of life and fitness. What a great way to generate neighborhood pride and battle the obesity epidemic at the same time.


AndyinDC says: (9/10/10 8:35 PM)
Wow! I'm impressed. It has exceeded my high expectations. I can't wait to go back tomorrow.



David Garber says: (9/10/10 10:47 PM)
completely fantastic. so thrilled to have an amenity like this at my doorstep!


DG says: (9/11/10 1:28 AM)
Park is great. Not sure why everyone keeps complaining about the small size of the dog park. I feel lucky that they thought to create a dog park. Plus, the VA Ave fenced in area for dogs isn't that far away.


JM says: (9/11/10 9:59 AM)
Hi JD-

I just read your link about Forest City announcing that the Boilermaker Shops are 60% leased and one paragraph jumped out at me:

"Yet another nearby project that is moving forward is an apartment building across the street from the park. Forest City just secured a $46-million construction loan for the development of the $60-million building that will deliver in October 2011."

Is this referring to Foundry Lofts? Just curious, since this article was a literally directionally-challenged (saying that the park was north of Capitol Hill, etc.)

Thanks!


Sophiamonster says: (9/11/10 11:09 AM)
I think it looks awesome. Who has been in charge of programming for the weekend? The BID? or Forrest City? Either way, hats off. The concerts, the art show, the beer - all have been very well done.

What a reward for the residents!


Meredith says: (9/11/10 12:44 PM)
Beautiful weather for the grand opening weekend--good options for kids too. The park is gorgeous. If you haven't been down yet, go! Once we have a few restaurants in place, Georgetown will have nothing on our waterfront. :)


JT says: (9/11/10 4:16 PM)
I even saw a family pull up today in a boat and tie up at the boardwalk.

Not sure if that's allowed technically, but it was cool!


DG says: (9/11/10 10:24 PM)
I was impressed by the number of people who turned out for the grand opening. It was nice to see people flying kites, listening to music, riding bikes, kids wading in the pool. I hope the BID continues to organize events at the park and thereby draw more people to the 'hood.


B in DC says: (9/12/10 8:20 AM)
The park was great! Highly exceeded expectations. I went both during the day and at night, and each time had a unique feel. Last night, I enjoyed watching kids play with the fountain, trying to guess when the lights would change and when it would shoot up high, as they tried to get out of the way at last minute. The BID also did an excellent job of organizing a variety of events.

Sorry to harp on the dog run, but if that ends up being the size, then they really shouldn't even have it at all. We're probably the most dog friendly community in the city and we should embrace it!

Having said that, a volunteer told me that they are in negotiations with WASA to try to get a portion of the land next to the Sewage Pumping Station so they can expand the dog park, which would be a terrific development.


JD says: (9/12/10 9:53 AM)
JM, yes the GlobeSt reference to the new funding is for the Foundry Lofts completion.


JD says: (9/12/10 10:17 AM)
B--Yes, as the statement in my post from Forest City says, they are talking to WASA. If you look at the rendering on my Yards Park page, the fence line is further west than it currently is (on the line with what will eventually be a new Second Street). But they haven't made much progress in negotiations.


BD says: (9/13/10 8:45 AM)
My girlfriend and I checked it out Saturday evening, thought the park looked fantastic and it will be a great spot for years to come. Overheard quite a few people talking about how great the "Potomac" looked. Thought that was really funny.


John says: (9/21/10 10:40 PM)
JD- Any word on when the rest of the park that is being worked on now will be finished? and also any news on the navy opening up there boardwalk anytime soon? Thanks.


JD says: (9/22/10 9:15 AM)
John, I don't know when that last part of the park will be finished, but I don't think it should be too much longer. Talks with the Navy Yard about opening up their section of the boardwalk are "progressing," I'm told. But no announced timeline.

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