Trail is Integral to Buzzard Point Park Plans
Buzzard Point Park, a two-block section of waterfront at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, will soon become a part of the Anacostia River Trail network. National Park Service (NPS) is looking for feedback on two concepts for the Buzzard Point Development Concept Site Plan. The agency is looking for your feedback, and the deadline is January 27. Share your thoughts with NPS here. WABA is pleased to see that the Anacostia Riverwalk (an urban segment of the entire Anacostia River Trail system) was a prominent element of both concepts. With development plans adding more than a thousand new residents to the neighborhood, increasing non-motorized transportation options is critical to the design of Buzzard Point Park. A connected trail that links into the street network is a vital piece of the park’s design, and we applaud NPS for including the Anacostia Riverwalk as a prominent feature. Elements of the design concepts that WABA supports:
- Inclusion of the Anacostia Riverwalk. WABA believes that the trail is a community asset and integration into Buzzard Point Park will enhance both the park and the trail.
- Trail user separation. Providing the trail and an additional pedestrian promenade separated by landscaping lessens the chance for negative interactions between trail users. WABA supports providing this dedicated space for pedestrians.
- Width of the trail. WABA appreciates that the width of the trail will be 20 feet and encourage NPS to maintain that width.