a yearlong invitation to honor history, celebrate progress, and enjoy
the Anacostia River and its surroundings while envisioning an inspiring future.
2018: the Year of the Anacostia
2018 is a big year for the Anacostia River corridor in Washington, DC and Maryland. The open space along the slow and gentle river was preserved as park land in an act of Congress on August 31, 1918 — 100 years ago. At the same time that we celebrate the legislation that preserved Anacostia Park, we will also cheer the completion of DC Water’s Anacostia River Tunnel, which will substantially improve water quality in the river. Meanwhile the DC Department of Energy and Environment and the National Park Service will make the final decision on the most effective way to clean up the riverbed, and the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be hosted at Nationals Park on the waterfront in July.
These are just some of the milestones, anniversaries, projects and events that together make 2018 a significant year. The Year of the Anacostia is a monumental opportunity to acknowledge history and look to the future: we have an opportunity to transform the Anacostia waterfront into a vibrant, healthy and thriving civic space in the heart of the District. The Anacostia corridor, once a dividing line in the capital, should be a touchstone for ecological restoration, equitable economic growth, and a celebration of community strength and unity.
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