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As Housing Complex reported earlier, today was the groundbreaking for The Park at the Yards, a 5.4 acre, $42 million park on the Anacostia in Capitol Riverfront.

According to the city’s announcement, the space will include “a riverfront promenade, vast open lawns for community gatherings and outdoor events, gardens with benches and colorful plants, a riverfront courtyard enclosed on three sides by retail pavilions, a canal basin and waterfall, a pedestrian bridge, and the restoration of the historic Lumber Shed building.”

And that’s all part of the bigger shebang, The Yards development directly behind it, where you will find almost everything—-condos, retail and office space—-though unfortunately probably not a Dogfish Head Alehouse, as was once rumored.

Expect big things, if only because the city’s announcement says the goal of the park is “is to rival other great urban waterfront parks around the world.”

Its designers are M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, who designed Battery Park City, Olympic Plaza (the 1988 Calgary Olympics—-duh), and assorted other prominent urban expanses around the world.