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It’s just a Capitol Riverfront kind of week, I guess. Some neighborhoods you hear nothing about for months, and then all of sudden, the news comes pouring in. Here’s more information about Diamond Teague park, from the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development:
The park will be built at First Street and Potomac Avenue SE. It will connect the ballpark to a pair of public piers and a 20-mile network of waterfront trails. A 250-foot pier will be built to host commercial vessels such as water taxis and charter boats. The pier will also include slips for the ECC and the District’s fire and life safety vessels. The park will feature a separate 200-foot environmental pier for educational groups, kayaks and canoes. The piers are expected to be complete by baseball’s Opening Day, April 13, 2009.
Construction and planting work on the upland portion of the park will be completed by July. Muralist Byron Peck and City Arts are also working to complete a memorial dedicated to Diamond Teague that will be unveiled later this summer.
The cost of the $8 million park is being covered through dedicated revenue streams tied to a number of adjacent economic development projects that surround the park including Florida Rock’s one million square foot mixed-used project directly to the West of the park and JBG’s U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters building to the East.