Arboretum Bridge and Trail
The Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project is a key segment of the Anacostia River Trail (ART) network. This project is led by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and is in the Design Phase. The bridge will provide the missing passageway between the Anacostia waterfront and the U.S. National Arboretum, which annually garners over 500,000 visitors. The trail 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 (see reverse for project area map). Slated to be completed in 2026, this project will improve access to the Anacostia River shoreline 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 removal of invasive species