Join the National Park Service (NPS) in transforming Buzzard Point Park into a welcoming community waterfront that extends the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ART). Potential park improvements would provide neighbors and visitors with more open space, recreational opportunities, and ways to enjoy the Anacostia River and its natural beauty. The park, when it's completed, is planned to offer opportunities to walk, run or bike along the ART. A play area would welcome children, lawns would offer expansive views of the river and the Capitol, and a dock would await visitors who come by water.
You are invited to attend a public meeting hosted by the National Park Service on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 PM at the Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
NPS has introduced two planning concepts based on feedback in the past several years.
Option 1 includes stone riprap along the length of the seawall in the Anacostia River. The stones reinforce and protect the seawall from erosion and storm surge while beautifying the shoreline and providing access to the river. On the landward side of the seawall, a walking trail follows along the edge of the wall in the central section of the park.
Option 2 includes a railing, for safety, placed along the edge of the seawall. No stone riprap would be placed, but instead a walking trail and plaza extending along the water's edge and out over the water. The overlooks would provide sweeping views of the Anacostia River.
How to submit comments:
If you cannot make it on July 30, 2019 for the public meeting, and NPS strongly encourages those unable to attend to submit their comments via mail or online. To mail a comment, send a letter before September 9, 2019, addressed to:
Superintendent - National Capital Parks-East
ATTN: Buzzard Point EA
1900 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 20020
Please reach out to Michael Commisso, Chief of Resource Management, at 202.690.5160 or (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any additional questions about the project.
The process to re-imagine Buzzard Point Park began in 2016 when the park engaged the community on a new vision for recreational opportunities and improvements to the park. Since then we have held multiple public planning and information sessions which have ultimately resulted in two planning alternatives. The alternatives in the Environmental Assessment (EA) offer similar park designs, but look at two different options for the shoreline.
In both alternatives, the ART would be extended through the park as a multi-use trail to allow access to recreational features along the trail without inhibiting visitor circulation. The multi-use trail would be situated higher in elevation than the walking trail and continue through the central portion of the park.
The EA will be available on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment website from July 22 to September 9, 2019. http://parkplanning.nps.gov/BuzzardPointPark_EA