NPS paddles with partners to celebrate new floating docks and revitalization of D.C.'s Anacostia River

Last edited 09/29/2021

The NPS joined the Anacostia Watershed Society, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment, REI and other partners to celebrate the opening of new floating docks on the Anacostia River.

National Capital Parks - East Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail and Suzanne Copping from the Chesapeake Bay Office joined partners in paddling from a local boathouse to the new docks, followed by a ceremony celebrating the revitalization of the river, which flows through the heart of Washington, D.C.

“These new docks are one of the first projects undertaken as part of a comprehensive plan to increase public access to the Anacostia River,” Noojibail said. “Together with our partners, we are committed to restoring the watershed and ensuring that people can have incredible nature experiences right outside their front door.”

The docks provide non-motorized access for canoes and kayaks to Kingman Island, a popular site on the river that is visited by tens of thousands each year.

The NPS is working with local and national partners to make Anacostia Park a signature urban park that improves people’s lives and protects the quality and resiliency of the Anacostia River ecosystem. Projects include environmental education and stewardship with local students, restoration and cleanup of the river, and continuing to improve access through a riverwalk trail along both banks. The NPS Chesapeake Bay Office has supported the Anacostia Water Trail for years, since it connects to both the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

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