I recently took a ride on the completed, and not-so-completed parts of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail's Kenilworth section - Benning Road to Maryland. I didn't ride all of it, as some of it is not open (and I may have ridden parts that aren't open yet - shhhh). The photos are below.
Where the trail from Benning Road will eventually connect to Anacostia Ave NE.
The new Educare school will be the first building along the trail, which in this section appears to be on the west sidewalk.
Anacostia Ave NE along the trail
New, wider sidewalk along Anacostia Ave NE
Along Anacostia Avenue, the sidewalk on the west side is a bit wider than on the east.
New playground in Parkside along the trail
It's unclear if the trail will go in front of these houses, or stay on Anacostia Avenue NE. If the latter, the PBL on Hayes doesn't go that far.
The trail follows a sidewalk built along the back of the new Parkside development. I wish they had planned the trail in conjunction with the lighting poles better.
Trail as sidewalk leading to Hayes Street NE
On Hayes, the trail becomes a real protected bikeway, but it isn't yet completed and work seems to have stopped, allowing debris and weeds to invade.
Not really safe for riding with these big holes in the pavement.
The trail will leave the PBL along Jay Street to cross Watts Branch via this trail and bridge
Just north of Deane Avenue, the newly paved trail picks up.
View of the football field from the trail
I wasn't the only person using the trail before it's opened.
Cars on the trail already?
View of the Arboretum from the trail
Near the river, the pavement stops; most likely because trucks are still accessing this part to build the bridge across the Nash Run/Kenilworth Marsh. This part passes through the woods and provides views of the river.
Bridge across Nash Run/Kenilworth Marsh, currently under construction.
A large bird (turkey buzzard?) that was guarding the bridge.
Art and bike parking near the pedestrian bridge over DC-295 at the corner of Hayes & Kenilworth Terrace.