This LEED-registered urban park, located in DC’s Riverfront neighborhood on the site of the old Washington Canal, spans three Washington D.C. city blocks. It was once a parking lot for city buses but has become a sustainable neighborhood green space.
Renovation and New Construction- Three-city-block urban park with a 3,500 sf restaurant
Owner: Canal Park Development Association, Inc.
Developer: Canal Park Development Association, Inc.
Architect: STUDIOS Architecture
Construction Manager: James G Davis Construction Corp.
Mechanical Contractor: Joseph R. Loring & Associates, Inc./ Total Mechanical
Landscape Architect: OLIN
Electrical Contractor: Valid Electric
Address: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Completion Date: November, 2012
In 2009 the three city blocks of Canal Park were cleared of asphalt, fences and trees, and by early 2011 construction began. Included in the park is a wintertime ice skating rink, ice paths and the 3,500 sf LEED Gold-certified Park Tavern Pavillion and café with outdoor seating.
This project aims for certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative for its sustainable landscaping. The stormwater management design in the park will allow for cistern capture, filtration and reuse of 95% of the stormwater in the park for use in irrigation, fountain water, toilets, and ice rink water. All told, the stormwater management will save around 1.5 million gallons of potable per year. The park will have two large water features. One of them is embedded into the paving surface and allows for timed-pattern flow and playful interaction. The other is a large fountain (20 ft wide by 135 ft long) and runs alongside a rain garden.
Additionally, three interactive sculptural elements designed by David Hess will adorn the park. Regular events take place throughout the year at Canal Park including movies, concerts, seasonal and holiday events, farmers markets, art shows, and many more public events.
- Geothermal heating and cooling at the Pavillion
- Vegetated roof surfaces at the Pavillion
- Water reuse systems at the Pavillion
- Energy/water monitoring dashboard systems at the Pavillion
- Stormwater management design in the park will allow for cistern capture, treatment and reuse of 95% of the stormwater in the park for irrigation, fountain water, toilets, and ice rink water.
- Electric car charging stations and plentiful bicycle parking racks.
- Lawn care at the park is done using battery-powered, no-emission equipment.