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ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL

KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS SEG MENT

ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS SEG MENT Project Overview Construction has started on t he
ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS SEG MENT Project Overview Construction has started on t he

Project Overview

Construction has started on t he much - anticipated Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, the missing link in an almost 7 0 - mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails between the District of Columbia and Maryland, bringing economic, health and other benefits to nearby communities.

By connecting Benning Road in the District with Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, the four - mile segment creates new connections between communities, the river and its natural resources while enhan cing recreational and educational opportunities for trail users. At the same time, the trail increases accessibility to transit stations and makes bicycle commuting more attractive by shortening travel times by as much as 30 minutes.

The trail generally pa rallels the Anacostia River but passes through both developed and undeveloped areas. As a result, the trail’s unique and varied design includes paved 10 to 12 - foot wide asphalt and concrete boardwalk sections that meander around trees and wetlands in the A quatic Gardens and other National Park Service lands; sidewalk s through the Mayfair and Parkside communities; and raised walkways and five

Milestones

Milestone Date Fall 2013 Spring 2014
Milestone
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Fall 2013
Spring 2014

Advertised for Con struction Begin Construction Complete Construction and Open

Fall 2016

bridges over Anacostia River tributaries as it passes between the District and Maryland near U.S. Route 50.

In all, t he design is sensitive to the Park Service’s stewardship and environmental goals while also maintaining consistency with the character of the overall regional trail network .

Within the District, the segment is part of the planned 2 8 - mile Anacostia Riverwal k Trail that will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, Washington

that will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, Washington

Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, National Arboretum, and other popular destinations.

To date, more than 1 5 miles of the District’s trail a re open and heavily used. This new portion of the trail will link to more than 40 miles of trails in Maryland that travel throughout the Anacostia River Tributary System and connect to numerous schools, businesses, libraries, museums, shopping centers and Metro and MARC transit stations.

More Information

The Kenilworth Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is one of a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District of Columbia’s larger Anaco stia Waterfront Initiative, or A WI Program. From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30 - year, $10 billion AWI is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world - cl ass waterfront.

For more information, visit anacostiawaterfront.org/ KenilworthSegment . To join the project’s commu nity contact list or ask questions, please email ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202 - 741 - 8528.

The segment’s $ 22.1 million construction costs are being funded through a $10 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant, combined with $ 3.9 million from the District of Columbia , $ 4.7 million of the District’s Highway Trust Fund from the Federal Highway Administration and $ 3.5 million from Maryland’s Cycle Maryland Bikeways Program. The trail will be maintained and operated by the District, National Park Service and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning C ommission. Other trail partners include the U.S. Department of the Interior, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service and Prince George’s County (Maryland).

Home to more than 800,000 residents, 43 species of fish and more than 200 species of b irds, the restoration of the Anacostia River Watershed and the development of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail has twice been identified as a priority project for the Obama administration under the President’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative and the Urban Wat ers Federal Partnership (UWFP). Both initiatives seek to reconnect Americans to the great outdoors and revitalize urban waterways in under - served communities across the country.

waterways in under - served communities across the country. Trail segment map showing completed and future

Trail segment map showing completed and future Riverwalk Trail pa thways through the National Arboretum, Kenilworth Gardens and the River Terrace.

Updated: 8/25/2015

Riverwalk Trail pa thways through the National Arboretum, Kenilworth Gardens and the River Terrace. Updated: 8/25/2015