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Kenilworth Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Achieved Final Planning Milestone

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On the heels of the recently awarded $10 million federal grant toward its construction last week, the Kenilworth Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail has achieved its final planning milestone: on June 29, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on an Environmental Assessment the agency conducted for the project.

The four-mile segment will complete connections between Benning Road in the District of Columbia and Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland, providing a critical link in an almost 60-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Within the District, the segment is part of the planned 20-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River. Pedestrians, cyclists and runners will soon be able to reach popular destinations including the Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum and others on the dedicated path. To date, more than 12 miles of the District’s Riverwalk Trail are open and heavily used. The Kenilworth Gardens Segment will link to nearly 40 miles of trails in Maryland that travel throughout the Anacostia River Tributary System.

Design of the trail segment is to be complete at the end of this Summer with construction starting by the end of 2012. Completing construction by 2014 will involve building five bridges, raised pathways and multi-use paths.

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is one of a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District of Columbia’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, or AWI Program.  From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. For more information and to follow Riverwalk Trail’s progress, please visit the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail project page here on anacostiawaterfront.org. To join the project’s community contact list or ask questions, please email ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202-741-8528.

For more information about the National Park Service’s report, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/artfonsi

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