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National Park Service approves plan that will help shape the park’s direction for next 15-20 years
WASHINGTON – Anacostia Park is one step closer to becoming a signature urban park that improves people’s lives and protects the quality and resiliency of the Anacostia River ecosystem.
On November 12, 2017, National Capital Region Director Bob Vogel signed a Finding of No Significant Impact selecting Alternative #3 as the new Anacostia Management Plan/Environmental Assessment. The plan, developed in collaboration with federal and state agencies, the public and local organizations, provides a framework on how to manage Anacostia Park’s natural and cultural resources as well as shape how people experience Anacostia Park for the next two decades.
“Anacostia Park is truly a special place for everyone to enjoy,” Anacostia Park Superintendent Tara Morrison said. “With the approval of this plan, the NPS will be able to make Anacostia Park a shining example of how a well managed parkland can serve urban communities.”
Anacostia Park is enjoyed by area residents and visitors for many exciting reasons. The chosen plan, Alternative #3, guides park management on how to manage and assess specific zones within the park, based on what people would expect to see, do or experience.
The zones are:
Natural Resource Recreation Zone
Park Administration / Operations Zone
Community Activities and Special Events Zone
Organized Sport and Recreation Zone
Golf Course Zone
Special Permit Zone
The Anacostia Management Plan outlines a big-picture direction for the park, but does not describe particular programs or projects to be implemented. It will help park managers consider the entire park, rather than just certain sections, as they devise strategies for park operations, resource protection, restoration and partnerships. The park's Foundation Document, which was completed in September 2016, identifies additional plans, describes what is most important about the park and affirms its core mission and significance, key resources and values, and important themes and stories.
To read more about the Anacostia Management Plan, visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.
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