DISTRICT WHARF WATERFRONT PARK
Washington, DC, SW
A. Morton Thomas & Associates (civil engineer)
Nelson Byrd Woltz (schematic design)
DC Department of Parks & Recreation
This 3.5 acre park, dedicated to DC representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, is the largest of the three parks designed for The District Wharf, a flourishing new development along Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront. LAB has been comprehensively involved in the design and documentation of the park as the landscape architect of record. The project scope includes a lawn and plaza for neighborhood events, a waterside promenade, several raingardens and bioswales with native plantings, bocce courts, and a large play lawn with a fountain and pergola.
Intended to function as a neighborhood park, the site is unique in that it marks the upstream extent of commercial piers along the Potomac River. A riverside promenade provides dramatic views over the waterfront and connects to the boardwalk in the residential/commercial areas of The Wharf. The center of the park is anchored by an elliptical play-oriented lawn area bounded by a distinctive pergola. Nearby, a stepped wading fountain provides pleasant background noise and acts as a welcome respite the heat on steamy summer afternoons.
Plant materials throughout the park include a significant number of native plant species as well as an allee of forty mature Willow Oak trees that were carefully preserved on the site.