One of the first parks built as part of the District's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative and a three-star certified pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™), Canal Park is a model of sustainability, a social gathering place, and an economic trigger for the surrounding neighborhood. Located on three acres of a former parking lot for district school buses, this three-block-long park is sited along the historic former Washington Canal system. Inspired by the site’s waterfront heritage, the design evokes the history of the space with a linear rain garden and three pavilions reminiscent of floating barges that were once common in the canal. The linear rain garden functions as an integrated stormwater system that is estimated to save the District of Columbia 1.5 million gallons of potable water per year. Stormwater is captured, treated on-site, and re-used for irrigation, building use and in interactive fountains. In collaboration with OLIN, STUDIOS Architecture designed a 9,000-square-foot pavilion to host a café and dining area. Approximately 150-200 square feet each, a second pavilion serves as a stage in the middle of the park, while a third offers storage for park amenities. Underneath the site’s ice rink, 28 geothermal wells provide efficient energy supply for utilities in the park, pavilions and ice rink. Custom David Hess sculptures are located on each of the city blocks.
Key Team Members
Rebecca Popowsky, Landscape Architect
Skip Graffam, Partner-in-Charge, post occupancy study
Michael Miller, Chief Researcher, post-occupancy study
2015, ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist