August 5, 2013

Regarding the July 28 editorial “Approaching the goal”:

The Post’s coverage of the designation of Buzzard Point as the new home of D.C. United has overlooked an important reason to toast the siting of the proposed soccer stadium in near-Southwest: It represents a reprieve for Anacostia Park.

Since 2005, the power players that lead the District’s sports-governmental complex have pointed their long knives at Poplar Point, a gorgeous and pastoral plot of parkland lying just across the Anacostia River from Nationals Stadium. At long last, we can now honor the 2002 federal/District land use plan for Poplar Point, which calls for conserving the green space along the river.

And what of the RFK Stadium site, with its vast, highly polluting, asphalt parking lots? Like other developments along the river (including the Pepco power plant and the D.C. jail), that land was “borrowed” from the National Park Service. Can we have our parkland back? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reverse decades of parkland-gobbling by developers and governments.

Jim Dougherty, Washington

The writer is conservation chair of the D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club.