Waterfront Park Opens at The Wharf
Once the site of a parking lot, the very first park is now open for visitors to The Wharf. Waterfront Park offers three and a half acres of green space, including a canopy, water feature and grassy areas for lounging and enjoying the future surroundings.
Designed by Landscape Architecture Bureau to link the Southwest neighborhood to the new mixed-use development, the park is the first of three parks planned for the area, in addition to four public piers. It took three years of planning, including community meetings and input to come up with the design, incorporating bocce courts, a play area for kids, winding paths and rows upon rows of sheltering willow trees.
Meanwhile, the $800 million first phase of the development is scheduled to open in mid October, with a majority of available office, retail and residential space already preleased or presold. Future tenants include lobbyists, legal companies and several restaurants.
Plans are already underway, too, for phase two of the development. Architects are tasked with designing another more than one million square feet of mixed space, with groundbreaking on tap for mid 2018 and an opening sometime in 2021.
As The Wharf continues to evolve, Waterfront Park stands as one of the first examples of what can come of the waterfront in the future. Dedicated to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the park stands as a visible showing of her support for redeveloping the neighborhood into an enjoyable place for residents and visitors alike.
Stretching along a mile of the Potomac River in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, The Wharf is an emerging development incorporating businesses, residences, retailers and restaurants, all highlighted by sensational views. As well, the location provides a prime spot for easily accessing many of DC’s most famed attractions, including memorials, sporting events and more, sitting just to the south of the National Mall.