Benjamin Banneker Park Access Improvements

The National Park Service in collaboration with the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and HoffmanMadison Waterfront has developed plans for pedestrian and bicycle access improvements at Benjamin Banneker Park. The project will provide a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing pedestrian and bicycle connection between the National Mall, 10th Street SW, and the Southwest waterfront, including The Wharf, the new waterfront neighborhood of restaurants, retailers, residences and businesses. The project is anticipated to be an interim improvement which could be in place for 10 years as the area awaits future redevelopment associated with the Southwest Ecodistrict plan or memorial and museum sites.

The new park improvements will include a stairway connecting the National Mall through L’Enfant Plaza (10th Street) to Maine Avenue SW, two new ADA-compliant paths, a new bicycle lane around Banneker Circle, updated landscaping and lighting, and stormwater improvements. Construction begins in September 2017. The $4 million public-private partnership includes a $2 million grant from the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and as well as additional funding provided by Hoffman Madison Waterfront, developer of The Wharf. The Southwest Business Improvement District will maintain the improvements with the National Park Service once the construction is complete.

Located between I-395, Maine Avenue and 9th Street SW, the National Park Service’s eight-acre Benjamin Banneker Park commemorates the African American scientist, surveyor and author who assisted in the survey of the original boundaries of the District of Columbia.