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    Anacostia

    Park District of Columbia

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the park have roller skates?

Yes, the park has some skates in some sizes. Call the park at (202) 472-3884 for availability.

Where is the best place for birding?

The area along the river is left as unmowed meadow, and there are other established no mow areas to encourage ground nesting birds. Bald eagles and osprey hunt along the Anacostia River.

Does the highway impact the park?

The park maintains buffers along the highway that begin at the park edge to mitigate both noise and run off. No dangers to visitors have been identified from use of the park.

Can I set up my own grill?

Yes. Grilling is allowed in designated picnic areas. Please use the stationary grills provided for your convenience when possible. Collect hot coals in an airtight, noncombustible container; do not dump coals. If you use park grills, you can leave the coals in the grill.

For safety, grilling is not allowed within a hundred feet of structures or heavily used recreation areas such as basketball courts.

Why can't I have balloons at my party?

To protect marine wildlife, who can mistake balloons for food, balloons are prohibited in the park.

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