If you were standing along the Anacostia River between the US Naval Yard and the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium 10 years ago, odds are you were up to no good. It was a seedy and dangerous area that you wouldn’t dream of taking your family to for a picnic lunch or a walk along the waterfront. Flash forward to the same two mile stretch of waterfront today and you will see children playing in the fountain, runners out for their daily jog and professionals relaxing during their lunch breaks.
M. Paul Friedberg & Partners designed The Yards Park which is now an amazing mixed use public space. Studio 431 developed multiple site amenities for The Yards Park including wave benches, lounge chairs, weaved table/benches, trellis canopies and bridge benches.
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has ranked The Yards Park 16th out of the Top 100 Public Spaces in the United States and Canada. Working with Rick Parisi from M. Paul Friedberg & Partners was a great experience and helped to solidify a long lasting relationship!