Have you visited the newly opened Waterfront Park? Located at 6th and Water Streets SW, the new community park is unlike anything the neighborhood has seen in decades. The beautiful public space is the result of years of planning by Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB; www.labindc.com), Hoffman-Madison, and community charrette planning sessions with 35 Southwest residents at the request of ANC6D.

On April 17, Joe Chambers of LAB and Elinor Bacon from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront walked a group of community leaders around the new park and described in detail what came to fruition.

The tranquil space (and silence buffer for the existing neighbors next to The Wharf) offers a number of nice features:

– Large trellis (with vines currently growing)
– Large green space
– Hills for a natural play space
– Benches (with movable furniture coming soon)
– Interactive water feature
– Native plants
– ADA-compliant ramps
– Bocce courts
– Views toward Hains Point and the Washington Channel
– Walking paths
The fences are down and the park is open for everyone to enjoy, but remember that the plants, vines, and grass are still growing. Please be mindful of this as we integrate this space into our neighborhood ahead of The Wharf opening this coming October.

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