Design Nearly Complete for Diamond Teague Park

By Jacqueline Dupree
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ballpark and Beyond is adapted from Jacqueline Dupree's blog on development in Near Southeast, an area between Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River that is being transformed by the construction of the Nationals baseball stadium.

I' ve gotten an update from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on Diamond Teague Park, the planned public plaza with water-taxi piers on the banks of the Anacostia just across from the stadium's grand staircase at First Street and Potomac Avenue SE. The design of the park is being completed, and the District is continuing to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get permits for the piers.

After the Army Corps signs off, some city permits will need to be approved, and then construction on the park's first phase can begin. This will include the water-taxi and pedestrian piers and the portion of the park that's closest to the waterline. It's expected that this will be completed by December.

The rest of the park site is land controlled by the city's Water and Sewer Authority, and must wait for those operations to be relocated before that part of the project can be built.

In the meantime, the park site will be cleaned up for opening day and will also get new plantings and sandstone paths.

As for the industrial site next door owned by FRP Development, I've been told that fences will be put up around the site to pretty it up a bit for the arrival of baseball across the street. That property is slated to become RiverFront on the Anacostia, a 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use project that will include its own public plaza adjacent to Teague Park.

The Late Show, Starring the D.C. Council

A roundtable by two D.C. Council committees on the city's plans for traffic and parking at Nationals Park begins at 6 tonight in Room 120 of the Wilson Building. Considering that the last hearing on stadium-related parking issues lasted until almost midnight, you might prefer to watch tonight's session in the comfort of your home, where you'll have access to your kitchen cabinets and coffee maker. The roundtable can be seen on Channel 13 on D.C. cable systems or on the Web at http://octt.dc.gov.

South Capitol Street Meetings

Two meetings next week will give the public a chance to learn more about possible designs for reconfiguring South Capitol Street from Firth Stirling Avenue SE to the Southeast Freeway, including the construction of a new Frederick Douglass Bridge. The first is Wednesday at Birney Elementary School, 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. A second session takes place Wednesday at Amidon Elementary School, 401 I St. SW. Both will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

You can read more about the plans at http://SouthCapitolEIS.com or by viewing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at public libraries in Southeast and Southwest.

Dupree, a Post staff member, has been tracking the neighborhood's changes since 2003. For additional information and photos, go tohttp://JDLand.com.


© 2008 The Washington Post Company