Find Your Way to Anacostia Park

Ranger giving directions to a bikers in the park.

Plan the best way to get to Anacostia Park ahead of your visit!

During the summer and fall of 2018, you may not be able to drive to the park using the routes you're most familiar with, so consider other ways of getting here.

There are lots of ways to visit Anacostia Park. You can bike, boat, canoe, take the Metro, or hop off a bus to get here.

Read this page to learn where the work will happen and how you can get to Anacostia Park.
 

Anacostia Waterfront Initiative

The District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) has started the first phases of rehabilitation projects for South Capitol Street SE also known as the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and for the I-295 Anacostia Freeway Bridge over Nicholson Street SE, which are segments in their overall Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

The intiative reshapes the area’s transportation infrastructure to improve access to the Anacostia River waterfront for residents, commuters and visitors, while also improving the area’s environmental quality.

 
Nicholson St. Project
Map of Nicholson St. SE Project area.

DDOT

Nicholson Street

What is happening?

DDOT is working to rehabilitate the bridges that carry traffic over Nicholson Street between Anacostia Drive and Fairlawn Avenue SE.

How long will it take?

The project started on May 2018 and will continue through Spring 2019.

 

How will this affect the park?

  • DDOT will stage construction equipment next to the parking lot on the corner of Nicholson Street and Anacostia Drive. The equipment will be inside a fence, and the area will be closed to public access.

  • DDOT will not close Nicholson Street entirely, but they will intermittently close one lane to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow flaggers directions if you arrive on the road when one lane is closed.

  • DDOT will build a covered walkway next to the south sidewalk to allow pedestrian access to Anacostia Park during construction on the bridge. DDOT will keep one sidewalk open until the covered walkway is ready to use.


 
South Capitol St
Map of closures near South Capitol St.

DDOT

South Capitol Street

What is happening?

DDOT is going to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge with an entirely new structure.

How long will it take?

DDOT anticipates construction will be done near the end of 2021.

 

How will this affect the park?

  • On July 26, DDOT closed the access road from Howard Road SE to Anacostia Drive. The closure will last until winter 2018 and is necessary to allow DDOT to rebuild the new permanent park entrance road.

  • Anacostia Drive is closed under the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge near Poplar Point. The closure is to stage construction equipment. This closure is permanent. The road will not reopen.

  • On June 25, DDOT closed the access road from Anacostia Drive to southbound South Capitol Street and Suitland Parkway. This closure is permanent. The access road will not reopen.

  • On June 25, DDOT closed the access road from northbound South Capitol Street and Suitland Parkway to Anacostia Drive. This closure is permanent. The access road will not reopen.

  • The access road from Anacostia Drive to northbound South Capitol Street will remain open during most of the project. When DDOT completes the new ramp to access the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, they will temporarily close the existing northbound access road that goes from Anacostia Drive to South Capitol Street. DDOT anticipates this closure will last two or three days and will notifiy the public of when that is.

 
 

More ways you can access Anacostia Park:

  • Anacostia Riverwalk Trail- Bike, skate or walk along the scenic paved trail that runs through Anacostia Park. Start your trip at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Navy Yard, or the National Arboretum.

  • Anacostia Park Boat Ramp- Dock your canoe, boat or kayak at the public ramp located in Anacostia Park. right The dock is located right next to the only skating pavilion in Washington D.C.

  • Anacostia Metro Station- Use the Green Line and exit the station by following signs towards the Metro parking lot. With just a few short steps, enter Anacostia Park to join your friends and family for a day in the park.

  • Good Hope Road SE- Cross the 11th Street Bridge or drive through Historic Anacostia and see the “big chair,” as you make your way into the park via Good Hope Road SE.

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1900 Anacostia Drive, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020

Phone:

(202) 472-3884

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