Program Benefits and Investments


Vehicles crossing the new 11th Street bridgeGuided by the Anacostia Waterfront Transportation Master Plan, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is re-creating its transportation infrastructure network to promote safe, efficient, multi-modal travel throughout the Anacostia Waterfront area. At the same time, each transportation project is designed to incorporate ways to help improve the environment, foster economic development, better serve residential areas, increase access to recreational sites and reconnect communities on both sides to the river and one another.

A bird catching its meal


A critical part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is transforming the Anacostia River from one of the most polluted rivers in the nation into a model destination for environmental education, sustainability and recreational fun. Restoring the river also includes a number of various initiatives led by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to reduce developmental impacts while improving the overall watershed.

Preparations for a new store opening.


A revitalized Anacostia Waterfront requires substantial financial investment to create sustained economic development to continue to build and maintain its vibrancy. With the start and completion of each new project or development come additional prospects for new jobs, businesses and economic opportunity. The Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) leads the District’s effort to successfully manage such opportunities and generate new ones.

Artist sketch of Matthews Memorial Terrace development


More than 50,000 District residents live within a 10-minute walk from the Anacostia River, yet few identify themselves as living in a waterfront community. The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) is leading the District’s efforts to revitalize and reconnect existing communities to the river in more sustainable ways. At the same time, DMPED is working to partner with numerous private entities to create new neighborhood projects.

Artists rendering of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail


Through AWI, the District is creating a “RiverPark” system of interconnecting waterfront parks that will ultimately be linked by the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. As of 2010, more than $100 million had been invested in the designing and constructing the RiverPark system. At the same time, Nationals Park, RFK Stadium, the DC Armory, Langston Golf Course, Arena Stage, Yards Park and various portions of the Southwest Waterfront, among others, offer additional recreational opportunities.