Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
(Near Southeast Portion)

The Anacostia Riverwalk is a planned 20-mile multi-use trail along the east and west banks of the Anacostia River in the Washington, DC. Near Southeast's portion of the trail currently runs along the western side of the river from Diamond Teague Park through Yards Park and the Navy Yard to the 11th Street Bridges. The western path then runs past RFK Stadium and up to Benning Road, though the direct path is incomplete until a bridge to cross the railroad tracks is completed in 2012.

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A wide view of the western bank of the Anacostia River, as seen from the Douglass Bridge in early 2012. The western portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail currently begins at Diamond Teague Park (center), though when the Florida Rock project is built on the empty lot at far left, the path will extend to the Douglass Bridge. (1/8/12)

The Riverwalk itself, including the new bridge between Diamond Teague Park and the Yards Park, as seen from the
viewing platform at Nationals Park. (4/12/12)

DDOT's map of the trail's status, as of early 2012. Near Southeast's completed portions of the trail are marked as
numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 15. (See full-sized version.) Still to be completed is 18, the Florida Rock portion, and the
11th Street Local bridge connection to the east side of the river.

Let's take a walk, shall we?

If you want to start from a familiar landmark, try the grand staircase at Nationals Park, at the corner of 1st Street and Potomac Ave., SE. Take the crosswalk toward the Old Capitol Pumphouse, which marks the location of Diamond Teague Park and Piers, then turn left on the boardwalk. (Eventually there will be a larger public plaza in front of the pumphouse, and the RiverFront four-building development on the old Florida Rock site.) (09/09)

In 2005, the river's edge near the old Capitol Pumphouse had recently been the recipient of some nice landscaping and path work by members of the Earth Conservation Corps. (12/12/05)

The same location, in April 2010, about six months after Diamond Teague Park's construction was completed. (4/10/10)

Up until 2011, there was no way to walk northeast along the river from Diamond Teague Park. The view seen here is to the under-construction Yards Park. (4/10/10)

The same location, a few days after the new bridge connecting the two parks opened. (11/25/11)

An information display on the new bridge, which crosses in front of DC Water's historic O Street Pumping Station building.
For more images of the new bridge, see this gallery. (11/25/11)

Coming to the end of the bridge, and arriving at the Yards Park, with the Navy Yard's Display Ship Barry getting closer. (11/25/11)

Turning back to look at the bridge just crossed. Note Nationals Park at rear center. The concrete tower
at far left, on the Florida Rock site, was demolished a few weeks after this photo was taken. (11/25/11)

The Yards Park is a six-acre public park that opened in September 2010, with all manner of striking features and distinct sections. (I'll be focusing on its boardwalk portion on this page; see my Yards Park page for much more information.) (9/7/10)

Construction of the boardwalk near the Yards Park overlook, in spring 2010. (5/25/10)

Nighttime along the Yards Park boardwalk, with the blue lights of the Douglass Bridge at rear. (9/24/10)

And sometimes you should actually turn and look at the river. This is the view of the day of the park's ribbon cutting, with DCFD's fire boat the John Glenn providing some entertainment. Poplar Point and the eastern branch of the trail are across the way. Eventually a marina and water taxi pier will be built along here. (9/7/10)

Standing near the river's edge in the footprint of what would become the Yards Park, in May 2009. This area was formerly part of the Southeast Federal Center, and before that, the Navy Yard (when it stretched much farther west than it does today.) (05/09)

A slightly different angle of the same location, a month after the Yards Park's debut. Note in both photos the Navy Yard fence at far left, and of course the Display Ship Barry. (10/16/10)

The Navy Yard's portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk was finished long before other sections, such as the boardwalk at the Yards Park, but full unfettered public access did not come until spring 2012. The top photo shows the view into what was then the Southeast Federal Center in April 2004; the bottom photo, in February 2012, reflects how things have changed in eight years. Nationals Park is at rear center. (2/26/12)

A zoomed view northeastward along the Navy Yard's riverwalk. See my Navy Yard page for additional photos.(2/26/12)

A steel bridge across one of the Navy Yards' old inlets, from when ships were actually built there. (2/26/12)

The eastern end of the Navy Yard's portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk, as it heads toward its exit at 11th Street.
The old outbound 11th Street Bridge is visible, for now. (2/26/12)

It used to be when you exited the east end of the Navy Yard portion of this riverwalk, this was the view you were greeted with. (11/13/05)

The same location, now just a wee bit different in all directions. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

In 2013, the trail area just to the south of 11th Street and east of the Navy Yard Riverwalk was cleaned up and rehabbed, on the footprint where the old outbound 11th Street Bridge used to stand. (5/26/13) 

Also built at the foot of 11th Street is a new landing right alongside the river. And, jutting out from the new 11th Street Local Bridge are two new overlooks with panoramic views of the river and its surroundings. This new local bridge also has a wide pedestrian path that will allow for easy connections to and from the eastern and western portions of the Riverwalk. (5/26/13) 

East of 11th Street, the trail currently diverges into two parts. This is the section that runs on M Street, seen here looking east at what would be about 13th Street. (5/31/10)

Back in the day, the path along the river ran in front of the Anacostia Community Boathouse area and the two brick storage buildings, both of which are gone now, replaced by the new 11th Street Bridges. (10/07)

Construction on the trail, along the far eastern portion of M Street,
in August 2008. (8/23/08)

Hard to tell what you're seeing here, but at far right is where the trail passes under the Sousa Bridge, and outside of my current photo-taking territory. It continues toward RFK and eventually to Benning Road, and a bridge across the railroad tracks just north of this location is opening on April 24, 2012. (8/23/08)

Still to be completed: the stretch of the Riverwalk along the Florida Rock site, from Diamond Teague Park (right) to the Douglass Bridge (not pictured, at left). The first phase of the 6-acre development could get underway in 2013, but it might be a while before the trail gets built. (1/8/12)

When the Douglass Bridge was rehabbed in 2007, a concrete divider with nice new wrought iron fences served to spruce up the pedestrian path, but it's still narrow. It does take users directly to Poplar Point and the eastern part of the riverwalk, at least. And eventually a new Douglass Bridge will have much wider paths and better connections. (8/29/07)

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