The newly opened Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is closing the gap between Maryland and D.C. The 4-mile walking and biking trail runs from Benning Road in Washington D.C. to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland, and is a comfortable bike ride from College Park.

Image source: The Washington Post
Image source: The Washington Post

The trail connects the Prince George’s County trail system with Washington D.C.’s, allowing residents of the greater College Park area greater access to the surrounding greenery that spans between Maryland and D.C.

This new segment of trails will reconnect Northeast D.C. with Maryland neighborhoods, which have long been separated by Route 50.

Not only will the trail benefit commuters who travel between Maryland and D.C. every day, but it will be a nice access point to nature and outdoor activities “in the midst of an urban area,” Eric Olson, executive director of the City-University Partnership told The Diamondback.

“Today, that gap is closed and now you can bike from Nationals Park all the way to College Park, all on off-street, paved trails,” Greg Billing, executive director for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, told WJLA.

The $23 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as with state and local funds, has been in development for over 20 years. Now, it is a pathway of connectivity among neighboring Maryland and D.C. neighborhoods for walkers, bikers and residents alike.

 

PRESS COVERAGE 

The Washington Post 10-31-2016

WJLA 10-31-2016

WTOP 10-31-2016

The Diamondback 10-27-2016

New Anacostia Trail Connects Maryland and D.C. Communities

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