Arboretum Bridge and Trail

Project Overview

 

The Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project is a key segment of the Anacostia River Trail (ART) network. This project will provide the missing passageway between the Anacostia waterfront and the U.S. National Arboretum, which annually garners over 500,000 visitors. The crossing will be ADA compliant and will improve access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, kayakers, canoers, anglers and wildlife observers.

 

The project is situated on National Park Service lands and will create a connection between the Arboretum, Kenilworth Park North, and adjacent neighborhoods including Mayfair, Kenilworth-Parkside and River Terrace. Slated to be completed in 2026, this project will improve access to the Anacostia River and connect visitors and residents to the District’s scenic natural environment.

The Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project is a key segment of the Anacostia River Trail (ART) network. This project will provide the missing passageway between the Anacostia waterfront and the U.S. National Arboretum, which annually garners over 500,000 visitors. The crossing will be ADA compliant and will improve access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, kayakers, canoers, anglers and wildlife observers.

 

The project is situated on National Park Service lands and will create a connection between the Arboretum, Kenilworth Park North, and adjacent neighborhoods including Mayfair, Kenilworth-Parkside and River Terrace. Slated to be completed in 2026, this project will improve access to the Anacostia River and connect visitors and residents to the District’s scenic natural environment.

KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS

  •   Scenic pedestrian bridge over the Anacostia River

  •   Improved access to the shorelines

  •   Park-like landscaping and invasive species removal