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What We Do


The Anacostia Waterfront Trust

Our mission is to help to create a vibrant and inclusive public waterfront and adjacent communities, on a healthy Anacostia River, for all citizens to enjoy.

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What We Do


The Anacostia Waterfront Trust

Our mission is to help to create a vibrant and inclusive public waterfront and adjacent communities, on a healthy Anacostia River, for all citizens to enjoy.

OUR VISION

The destiny of Washington, DC, as an exceptional global city is inextricably linked to the Anacostia River corridor. Once a long-neglected rift between communities, the forgotten river and the parks along its banks will be restored and become a vibrant network of places where the District comes together. The ambitious project of improving the water and parks will forge new opportunities for nearby residents and provide benefits to all District neighborhoods. Celebrated by residents and visitors alike, the new world-class waterfront along a beautiful and healthy Anacostia River will become a hallmark of the District’s identity as a diverse, unified and thriving city.

WHAT WE DO

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust promotes the creation of a world-class Anacostia waterfront that enhances equity, improves resilience and unites the District of Columbia. We collaborate with our partners to coordinate and implement efforts to improve the water, land and communities of the Anacostia River corridor. The Trust ensures that changes within the river corridor contribute toward a unified vision that achieves more than the sum of its individual parts.


CELEBRATING THE  2018 YEAR OF THE ANACOSTIA

2018 is the 100th Anniversary of Congress’ forward-looking designation of most of the Anacostia River waterfront as a public park and civic space.  Few people understand that because of Congress’ foresight, the District is blessed with a riverfront park larger than New York City’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, or the Chicago lakefront parks. 2018 is also the year that the huge DC Water combined sewer overflow storage tunnel will come on line, substantially improving the safety of recreational use of the Anacostia River. For these reasons and several more, we are working closely with various stakeholders to designate 2018 the Year of the Anacostia and design a series of events and projects to leave a lasting legacy for the second 100 years.  As part of the effort, the Trust is leading a coalition asking the District for more funds to support educational activities, health-oriented activities, and events along the waterfront.


Helping East of the River nonprofits to build capacity and organize for change

The Trust launched and continues to serve as the fiscal agent of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC), a diverse group of nonprofits working to build the capacity of east of the river community groups to have a voice in decisions affecting the Anacostia River, Park and nearby communities. APACC currently has 20 nonprofit members, including eleven  based east of the Anacostia, and is growing.


We are acutely aware of the effect of market forces on lower-income people as neighborhoods improve. We are committed to working to give everyone a chance to stay in the neighborhoods near the waterfront as they evolve. We are developing strategies to better monetize public assets in the Anacostia corridor and use the revenue for affordable housing, transportation, preparation for employment, and other elements of exemplary, sustainable communities.

Combatting neighborhood displacement  


Kingman and Heritage Islands (known as National Children's Island in federal law) have been designated as an educational and recreational resource for DC children and families for more than 50 years. Last year the DC Council commissioned a study laying out a sequenced plan to install a Ranger Station with bathrooms, outdoor classrooms, a floating lab space, a canopy walk, and other modest educational amenities for children on this 50-acre pair of islands. The Trust is leading the effort, with the Living Classrooms Foundation, the District government, and other stakeholders, to secure public and private funding for the plan.

Promoting the educational infrastructure plan on National Children’s Island


Boathouse Row, a mile-long stretch of the Anacostia west-bank waterfront  just upstream from the Washington Navy Yard, is home to four historic boating clubs, including the first African American boating club in the nation, established in 1945 with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt. The clubs are threatened by the siltation of the river and the tidal wave of economic development sweeping through the District. The Trust is leading the development of a plan with the four clubs to preserve their existence on Boathouse Row and create a public marina for small boats to help activate the waterfront area.

Preserving cultural history and affordable boating on Boathouse Row  


The Trust is working closely with the National Park Service staff to design and place temporary public amenities in Anacostia Park while we engage the National Park Service planning process to envision and ultimately implement long-term changes. 

Designing new public amenities in Anacostia Park


The Trust has designed a world-class program to implement the District’s Stormwater Retention Credit system.  We are working in collaboration with churches and nonprofits in the part of the District that drains directly to the Anacostia to install bioretention (“Rain Gardens”) that produce cash at no risk for the landowner while maximizing pollution and erosion prevention to the Anacostia.  For more information, see www.rainpay.org.

RAINPAY COMMUNITY GREENING


We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Our Goals


Our Goals

Our Goals


Our Goals

 

We work toward the following:

 

VIBRANT WATERFRONT PARKS

More than 1000 acres of public parkland lie along the Anacostia River, shared by the federal government and the District. This extraordinary system of riverside open space in the heart of the nation’s capital will set the global gold standard for 21st Century urban parkland. The Anacostia waterfront should be an active place, all day, every day, all year round, in and out of the water.

CLEAN and Safe WATER

After decades of citizen advocacy and public and private efforts, much has been done to limit pollution and erosion in the Anacostia River. For the first time in generations, we can envision a clean, healthy, swimmable and fishable river safe for everyone – a world-class river for a world-class waterfront.

JOBs

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust is dedicated to finding ways to improve the river, land and communities in the Anacostia River Corridor in a way that will generate jobs and income for DC residents, especially those in Wards 7 and 8.

HEALTH

Outstanding parks are a prescription for better health for children and adults.  Walking, running, biking, canoeing, kayaking, exercising, and just enjoying nature all equal mental, physical, community health..

Education

Children who have access to outdoor learning environments learn more about their world and score higher on exams. The river and the waterfront parks provide an incredible opportunity for educational enhancement in science and many other subject areas.  And outdoor education is fun!

ACCESS

People living near the Anacostia River should be able to safely walk or bike to the water's edge. Much of the Anacostia River park system is cut off from nearby neighborhoods by road infrastructure, but ways for people to walk, bike or drive under or over the highways can be enhanced. 

Resilience

More frequent and intense storms and sea level rise are predicted in the decades to come; natural areas can help to address these threats while making the river ecologically healthier. Habitat restoration and resilient design strategies can help the District prepare for the effects of a changing climate.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

The Anacostia River and the parkland around it have been a dividing line for generations; it must become a place that brings us together and celebrates our unity in our diversity. We are committed to making the waterfront a place for all residents and visitors. 

Our Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors

Our Team


Our Team

Our Team


Our Team