|One of the first parks built as part of the District of Columbia's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, Canal Park is a model of sustainability, attaining both SITES and LEED Gold certifications, and establishing itself as a social gathering place and an economic trigger. Located on 3 acres of what was recently relegated as a parking lot for district school buses, this three-block long park is sited along the historic former Washington Canal system.|
Inspired by the site's waterfront heritage, OLIN's design evokes the history of the space with a linear rain garden and three pavilions reminiscent of floating barges that were once common in the canal.
|Through a close collaboration with OLIN, STUDIOS Architecture designed a 9,000-square foot pavilion to host a cafe and dining area as well as utilities that support the park and ice rink. Approximately 150-200 square feet each, a second pavilion serves as a stage in the middle of the park, while a third offers storage for park amenities. Custom David Hess sculptures are located on each of the city blocks.|
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|Canal Park is located at 200 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. See the project profiles from OLIN, Capitol Riverfront, and SITES, and ARCHITECT.|
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