The Anacostia Waterfront Trust Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Erin Garnaas-Holmes, an award-winning young urban planner and landscape architect, will join the Trust staff and lead its efforts to envision and help plan an improved Anacostia public waterfront. Garnaas-Holmes has been working most recently on urban design projects around the nation as a member of Stantec’s Boston-based Urban Places Group. He has recently led a team of Stantec and Charles River Conservancy experts to examine the feasibility of the Swim Park in the Charles River project and was a key member of a work team to plan better public spaces in Boston. He has also collaborated on the Riverfront Vision Plan for Winona, MN, and planning projects in Charlottesville, VA, Corpus Christi, TX, Dayton, OH, Clearwater, FL and several other locations. He has previously worked for the Minneapolis-based Center for Changing Landscapes and as a National Park Service Ranger at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Erin was a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a second in Landscape Architecture from the UM College of Design. His award-winning capstone project, focused on the District of Columbia’s Kenilworth Park, was entitled Waste to Opportunity: Reframing the Future of the Kenilworth Landfill.
Erin will lead the Trust’s “Envisioning Historic Anacostia Park’s Second Hundred Years” project, joining other members of the Trust team and community and professional partners working with the DC government, the National Park Service, residents of nearby neighborhoods, and other stakeholders to help to create an outstanding public space along the Anacostia River.
The US Army Corps of Engineers built the 1200-acre Anacostia Park from dredge material taken from the Anacostia River from 1892 to1942. Congress defined and named Anacostia Park in 1918. The National Park Service has managed most of the park since 1933, although some parts of the historic park, including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium area, the “Boathouse Row” area, and Kingman and Heritage Islands, have subsequently been leased or transferred to the District of Columbia. Two additional large parts of the park, Poplar Point and Kenilworth North, are Congressionally directed to transfer ownership once certain conditions are met.