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    Anacostia

    Park District of Columbia

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  • Road Closure 9/21/2014

    Anacostia Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from Nicholson Ave to Good Hope Rd on Sept 21st, 2014 from 6 am-12 pm due to "Voices Against Brain Cancer" 5k Race. More »

Your Safety

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Anacostia is good habitat for waterfowl with wetland plants, mud flats, and nesting sites

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This park protects a balance between man made areas and natural ones. They share a watershed and you may encounter the unexpected.

Animals are wild, not pets. They may allow you to approach, then become frightened and defend themselves. Keeping you distance, at least ten feet, is one way to ensure that you and the wildlife are safe.

The park floods, absorbing water that might damage the surrounding community. Do not enter a flooded area even if it looks shallow. Currents may be faster than they appear.

Poison ivy grows in many places in the area. Learn to recognize it and avoid it.

One of the most important things national parks protect is the integrity of nature. This includes biting insects, graceful egrets, poison ivy, and delicate Sagittaria.

Nature can be enjoyed if we take the responsibility to learn more about our real world, and preserve it in our recreation.

Did You Know?

brown cattails against a clear blue fall sky

Cattails may be among the most useful plants in North America. Almost all parts of the plant were eaten providing year round food. The brown fuzzy part has shown antibacterial properties. The leaves can be made into many household goods including shingles for the house. More...