Yards Park
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Come experience DC’s new waterfront destination and centerpiece of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood! Located just south of Capitol Hill and to the east of Nationals Ballpark, this thoughtfully designed park is a place to be active or relax and enjoy the outdoors. At the Yards Park you’ll find open grassy areas and well-landscaped outdoor rooms, a waterfall and canal-like water feature, an elevated overlook, an iconic bridge and light sculpture, terraced performance venue, and a riverfront boardwalk.

The Yards Park was built through a public/private partnership between the Federal General Services Administration (GSA), the District of Columbia, and Forest City Washington. The park was designed by M. Paul Friedberg and Partners and is managed by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.

Mission Statement

The Yards Park, LLC is dedicated to maintaining, managing and programming The Yards Park as a clean, friendly, and vibrant world-class public park in Washington, DC. The Yards Park, LLC supports and enhances The Yards Park through: 

  • The provision of Clean Team crew, Hospitality Ambassadors, and an on-site Manager in the park. 
  • Management services for the park systems such as water features, landscape systems, and the boardwalk.
  • Producing community and special events in the park, including an on-site coordination for those events.
  • Contracting with groups to rent out areas of the park to host their own events.
  • Marketing The Yards Parkas a neighborhood and city asset.
  • Managing The Yards Park website, facebook page, twitter account and other communications/publications.

The Yards Park, LLC was created by/under the Waterfront Park Maintenance and Programming Agreement between the District of Columbia, Forest City Washington, 
and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.

Awards and Honors

2008 – Merit Award for Un-Built Projects from New York Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

2010 – Associated General Contractors of Metro DC, Waterfront Park at The Yards

2010 – American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC Metropolitan Washington Engineering Excellence Honor Award for Pedestrian Bridge at The Yards Waterfront Park

2011 – American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC Engineering Excellence National Honor Award for Pedestrian Bridge at The Yards Waterfront Park

2011 – The Yards Park named “Best New Public Space” by Washington City Paper

2011 – Structural Engineers Association Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Structural Engineering Outstanding Project Award (Transportation / Bridge Project)

2011 - The Yards Park named one of America's Best New Parks by The Atlantic Cities Blog

2012 - The Yards Park was mentioned as one of 120 Peaceful Places in the book Peaceful Places, Washington, DC

2012 - The Yards Park received the Civic Pride Award at the 6th Annual Livable, Walkable Awards also known as "The Brickies"

2013 - The Yards Park received the 2013 Open Space Award from the Urban Land Institute.