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Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park is success story of an urban environment. Authorized by Congress in 1926 to be one of the first U.S. flood plain projects to incorporate multiple uses, the park is one of the region's largest and most important recreational areas as well as an important natural resource. The upstream section of the park protects a natural quality including Kenilworth Marsh and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. These begin filtering water coming down from Maryland as well as provide a catch basin in times of flood.

Downstream are hundreds of acres for athletic events, picnicking, biking, walking, and fishing. Anacostia Park Pavilion has some 3300 square feet of space for roller skating and special events. The Langston Golf Course offers an 18-hole course as well as a driving range. Three concession-operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating.

Anacostia Park is part of the "Find Your Chesapeake" project of the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Click here for details.

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Contact Information
National Park Service
1900 Anacostia Dr. S.E.
Washington DC 20020