Friday, October 02, 2009

DC's Canal Park Gets Federal OK


The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) on Thursday approved final plans for Canal Park in Southeast DC. Canal Park, in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, will encompass approximately 2 acres of federal land under District jurisdiction - three city blocks of parkland between 2nd Place and 2nd Street, and from I to M Streets. Each park block will have a distinctive design, including a linear rain garden, combination of large and small open spaces, three pavilions, an urban plaza, and a prominent water feature.

The rain garden will act as an on-site water collection, treatment and reuse of stormwater runoff. The larger flexible green space between K and I Streets could be used for movies or concerts, with seating room for 500 and standing room for 1,200. The water feature is envisioned as supporting "interactive use" in the summer and skating rink in the winter. In March of this year the city announced the choice of OLIN, a Philadelphia-based landscape architectural firm, to design the park. Studios Architecture, a consultant of OLIN, designed the planned pavilions for the park as pictured above.

To close out the meeting, the NCPC also agreed to release their CapitalSpace plan for public comment.

1 comments:

Sharon Strock on Feb 17, 2011, 1:52:00 AM said...

It's nice to know that this park has a good storm water management system. Furthermore, it's a green way of treating storm water, too! I'd love to visit Canal Park soon and have a look at that rain garden you've mentioned. I wonder how it looks like now. It's been more than a year since you've posted this, right? Kudos to the person who thought of using the rain garden as the storm water collection and treatment facility!

 

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