Work on southeast DC's Canal Park is nearing the final stage, District of Columbia residents will soon be enjoying a new park near the Anacostia waterfront. The project got underway in February of 2011, shepherded by the Canal Park Development Association.
The 3 acres of landscaping take up 3 city blocks just north of the ballpark, and will offer "a stunning urban park on the site of the historic Washington Canal" with a large pavilion/restaurant (LEED certified) designed by Studios Architecture and two smaller pavilions, 2 large fountains, wintertime ice skating rink, rain garden, multiple lawn spaces, an electric car charging station, and bicycle racks. Philadelphia-based OLIN is the landscape architect.
The federal government owns the land in arrangement that gives control to the District, which in turn has a 20-year agreement with the Canal Park Development Association to develop and manage the land.