2018: theYear of the Anacostia
The Year of the Anacostia is a yearlong invitation to celebrate our Anacostia River and our nearby parks and communities, to honor our history, and to envision our future.
2018 is going to be a big year for the Anacostia River corridor! Next year will include important anniversaries and milestones for the river, the parks and the neighborhoods near the waterfront. Recognizing this momentum, the DC Council introduced a resolution to declare 2018 as The Year of the Anacostia, and the Prince Georges County Council passed such a resolution on November 14.
African Americans have been making history in the Anacostia River Corridor since before President Washington established the borders of the District of Columbia in 1791. Here are 10 snapshots to help celebrate Black History Month during the Year of the Anacostia. Enjoy!
On January 11th, the Council's Transportation and Environment Committee will hear from the public about the Year of the Anacostia resolution. Read Doug Siglin's statement.
People who believe that Kingman and Heritage Islands could play an essential positive role in the education, and the social and emotional health, of the District’s children need to let Mayor Bowser know that they want it funded. We have created a very easy way to do that. Just go to this link on our website and fill out the simple form to join the many people signing a request letter to Mayor Bowser. It’s a simple way to take an important action for a lot of DC kids.
The Anacostia's time has come! On November 14th, the County Council of Prince George's County passed a resolution declaring that 2018 will be the Year of the Anacostia.
The most amazing thing to me about this story is that National Children’s Bicentennial Island has essentially vanished.
The Anacostia River is increasingly getting better press, and more and more DC residents are beginning to recognize and celebrate the river as a vast and beautiful shared public amenity. The positive evolution of conventional wisdom around the river is decades in the making, and several “watershed” (get it?) milestones are approaching that will significantly change the river—and perhaps how we think about it.
Raise a glass (of clean water!) to the Clean Water Act and offer a word of thanks as it celebrates its 45th birthday.