The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative is an ambitious 25-year plan with five broad goals: 1) Healing the river by improving water quality and eliminating sources of pollution. 2) Breaking down barriers to the river by making it easier to reach, travel alongside and cross.
3) Creating an interconnected riverfront park system.
4) Making the Anacostia a cultural destination for concerts and sporting events, which in turn would boost the region's economic development. 5) Building strong waterfront neighborhoods for living, working, shopping and recreation. The plan focuses on specific areas along the entire seven miles of riverfront within the District. The graphic at right shows the course of the Anacostia River and gives specific examples of problem areas and the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative's proposed solutions, with illustrations.
Channel has a disproportionately high amount of pavement, covering 42 percent of 47 acres. The plan, as shown below, would build on assets such as the Maine Avenue Fish Wharf, at left, and the Arena Stage to help unite commerce, culture and community. Where there now are sprawling parking lots and aging buildings, such as the former D.C. General Hospital, at right, the plan would dress up the riverfront with interconnected parks, promenades and plazas, along with residential and commercial development.The park covers more than 1,200 acres, but much of it is isolated, fragmented by highways and railways, and some areas are neglected. The plan would connect all areas and improve trails and roads, creating a continuous Anacostia Riverwalk and Trail.The 65 acres of parkland at Poplar Point are virtually unusable because of land contamination and the isolation created by highways and fences. The plan would clean it up and create a "signature waterfront park," with gardens, trails and outdoor performance spaces.