Completing our look at the under-construction "Kenilworth Section" of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, here's a look at the north section. On previous posts I've shown an out of date map, and based on the current map, the trail will not connect to Anacostia Avenue north of Watts Branch, nor will it cross around the SE side of the Mayfair Mansions Apartments. What is being built now is the pink and white line labelled "9" below, with the blue and white "8" to be built later.
The whole northern piece is alongside the river within Kenilworth Park, but far enough from the river that one does not get many views of it. No work has been done on it really. It's just an overgrown dirt road that has recently had the plants on it pressed down by vehicles. This is basically what the entire piece looks like.
There are a few places where one gets a view of the marsh
And then there is this mysterious concrete tower just before Beaverdam Creek.
At the northern end is the under-construction boardwalk over Beaverdam Creek and under the railroad and New York Avenue bridges.
I hope they do more to connect the trail to the community than the map at the top shows. There are three roads they've built/used to allow construction equipment to access the sites, and each of these should become a part of the trail.
Just south of Beaverdam Creek, there's an old dirt road from the Visitor's Center to the trail as seen on the map below.This should be made part of the trail - even if it is just crushed gravel - as it would create a connection to both the Visitor's Center and Anacostia Avenue NE.
Then there is a connection to the trail from Deane Avenue (see below) that would make a good addition to the trail, especially if the closed portion of Deane south of here were upgraded to a trail as well.
Finally there's a small connection to Anacostia Avenue just north of Benning Road. Right now it would give a more direct connection for those wanting to go across the Ethel Kennedy Bridge on the north side, but would have much more utility if the Power Plant site is redeveloped.
In addition, I hope the trail between Watts Branch and Deane Avenue from the trail to Kennilworth Terrace (as shown in the EA map in the earlier post) gets built as it creates a better connection to the Marvin Gaye Park Trail.
When I was leaving I finally realized that there is a way to access this area on bike/foot without trespassing or using the bridge from the Metro. From the corner of Foote St and Kenilworth Ave NE, there is a sidewalk along Kenilworth Ave NE and Benning Road, that doesn't meet best pedestrian design standards but is rideable. Along Benning there are light poles all down the middle of the sidewalk making for a nice slalom opportunity.
Finally, I noticed that many of the streets here seem to be named for Union Army Civil War generals and soldiers [Grant, Hayes, Ord, Nash, Burnham, Foote, Meade] and I wonder if Lee St NE is named for Robert E. Lee. If so does anyone know how that happened? (Or is it Albert Lindley Lee?)