Plans are moving forward to complete a 60-mile system of trails along the Anacostia River and its tributaries, with local and federal officials today unveiling designs for a key four-mile segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail mainly in Northeast Washington.
The design has the route meandering on sidewalks along the edge of the Kenilworth Parkside and Mayfair neighborhoods before entering onto 10- to 12-foot-wide asphalt, concrete and boardwalk trails though the Aquatic Gardens, passing under U.S. 50 and the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and over several tributaries such as Watts Branch and Beaverdam Creek.
Two-thirds of the $15 million in funding is coming from a federal transportation grant; the District is kicking in $3.5 million, while Maryland has committed $1.5 million. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the spring, with completion expected in fall 2014.
Here are some pretty pictures: