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For the record, Heritage Island is the small, round one; Kingman Island is the large, skinny one. Today, for the last 20 minutes, I’ve been giving myself a little crash course education in D.C. island history. Google is my library. Today’s lesson: Kingman and Heritage Islands!
This morning’s Washington Examiner published some week-old news about these two land masses hanging out in the Anacostia River. As of October 7, the House of Representatives had passed a bill allowing the District to move forward with developing an educational center on the island, clearing the way for trails, “eliminating invasive plants” and planting a memorial grove before the end of the year, which will be dedicated to three D.C. kids that died during September 11.
In the mid 1990s, the federal government originally turned over the land to D.C. , expecting that it would be transformed into a theme park. If that didn’t happen, the land was supposed to revert back to federal control. D.C. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the bill to keep Kingman and Heritage in District hands.
Here’s some more background on the islands from Norton’s site:
Kingman and Heritage Islands were created by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1920’s as part of the Anacostia Tidal Flats Reclamation project and were managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service through 1996.
Apparently Heritage and Kingman can be reached by way of a foot bridge, right off a northern parking lot for RFK Stadium. (I know: Can this get more random?)
Here’s proof: View Larger Map