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November 03, 2011

District of Columbia, Maryland, and Federal Officials to Celebrate Anacostia River Trail 

Riverwalk Project and Restored Urban Waterway Will Revitalize Surrounding Communities and Improve Public Access to River

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WHO/WHAT: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and key officials from Maryland and federal agencies will meet at the Anacostia River Watershed to highlight ongoing efforts to restore the watershed and improve public access to the Anacostia River. Regional representatives will celebrate the recent completion of 12 miles of trail in the District and 1.5 miles of trail in Maryland with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ribbon cutting, the officials will engage in a bike ride along the newly completed trail segment that will ultimately connect to the District’s portion of the Riverwalk Trail. Both trails are part of the larger Anacostia Riverwalk Trail system which will offer nearly 60 miles of contiguous trails and provide additional opportunities for residents and visitors to access Anacostia Park and the Anacostia River.

WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2011
10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Anacostia River Trail at Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, Maryland 20710

SPEAKERS: Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia
Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator (MD)
Donna Edwards, U.S. Representative (MD)
Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County Executive
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of Interior
Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
John D. Porcari, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, EPA
Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

BACKGROUND:

The Anacostia Riverwalk is a planned multi-use trail along the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia. Once completed, the Riverwalk will be a 48-mile system, including 20-miles of trail along the DC waterfront. The trail will provide a safe and convenient means for users to connect to other regional and national trails. The Metrorail system in the District will interface with the Riverwalk Trail to create a full range of transportation alternatives in the region. Many sections are completed. The National Park Service is working closely with the District Department of Transportation to complete a missing section which would connect the District to Maryland. The Riverwalk will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to Anacostia Park and the Anacostia River. DC residents and visitors will be able to walk and bike on the Riverwalk to several popular destinations. The trail is a key component of the larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative to enhance parks; improve water quality; and increase access to the waterfront and destinations within the District.