What is the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, or AWI?
The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is 30-year, $10 billion program transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. Led by the District of Columbia government and embraced by 19 regional and federal agency partners, the bold initiative is restoring the health of the Anacostia River and revitalizing neighboring areas.
Where is the Anacostia Waterfront?
The Anacostia Waterfront area straddles the Anacostia River and weaves through District Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, stretching from the Tidal Basin to the District’s northeast border with Maryland.
What are the Key Elements of the AWI?
The AWI is focused on five mutually-reinforcing goals:
- Restore the Environment – A Clean and Active River: Charting the course for environmental healing and rejuvenation involves eliminating pollution, controlling run-off, restoring streams and wetlands and promoting water-based activities
- Connect with Transportation – Breaking Down Barriers and Gaining Access: Rethinking the design of transportation infrastructure to gain multi-modal access to waterfront lands and to better serve neighborhoods
- Play in Parks – A Great Riverfront Park System: The District’s series of isolated parks should become a system of interconnected and continuous waterfront spaces that attract residents and visitors to gather and play.
- Celebrate Destinations – Cultural destinations of Distinct Character: Bring life and celebration to the waterfront while enhancing and projecting the distinct character of communities along the waterfront.
- Live in Neighborhoods – Building Strong Waterfront Neighborhoods: Promote sustainable economic development and reconnect the city to the river and the waterfront park system.
What are Key Transportation Goals of AWI?
The primary goals of AWI’s transportation agenda include:
- Providing continuous pedestrian and bicycle access along the entire waterfront
- Promoting the use of alternative transportation choices and public transit
- Beautifying streetscapes by integrating mixed-use development landscaping and civic spaces
- Creating distinctive brides that serve as gateways across the Anacostia River
- Redesigning highways and freeways to reduce transportation barriers between neighborhoods and the water
- Reconnecting the city street grid to waterfront parks