LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
Washington Canal Park
Washington, DC 20003
LEED Gold 2014
When Washington Canal Park opened in 2012, it became a gathering point for the local neighborhood.
Canal Park is a three-acre urban park built on the site of a former school bus parking lot in southeast Washington DC. It occupies three linear blocks in the rapidly-growing Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, near the Navy Yard and Nationals ballpark. The name comes from the canal that used to connect the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. The canal was paved over in the early 1900's.
The park includes an ice rink, the 65-seat Park Tavern Restaurant, an interactive water fountain with programmable jets, sculptures by DC artist David Hess, and an interactive light cube that displays video and photographic art. It has electric car charging stations, an extensive storm water collection and reuse system, as well as tree boxes and bio swales that provide filtration for street-level runoff surrounding the park. The park serves as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).
In the short time since the park opened in 2012, it has become a gathering point for the neighborhood. Local pet owners walk their dogs, the business improvement district has sponsored concerts and events in the park, and nearby office workers use the movable tables for al fresco lunches. In the wintertime, families gather at the ice skating rink at the end of the school day. During the heat of the summer, children can be found cooling off in the interactive fountains. A local arts group has been projecting artwork on the cube sculpture, and the nearby US Department of Transportation has held press events in the park.
Funding for the park came from both public and private sources: the District and Federal Governments; the DC Housing Authority; JBG, WC Smith and other developers and stakeholders in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.