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I suspect that people with sturdy enough tires will find it convenient to use old Deane Ave as a bypass for the convoluted trail route through the neighborhood. One could use the service road that connects Deane to the trail and rejoin the official trail just before it goes into the woods and heads downhill toward the river.

If the animal you saw had a large flat tail, it's a beaver. If not, it's probably a muskrat. Some people say there are nutria around, but if so it would be quite larger, bigger than a beaver.

I know NPS plans to rehabilitate the landfill before building the permanent trail. Are there are published/formal plans about how and when they will do this? Currently there are recreational activities that use the landfill portion of the park. There are football goal posts in a couple of spots, used just for practices I assume. Last year Pacers running store started hosting cross country (running) races there too. There will be a large high school invitational with thousands of runners on Sept 26.

I really enjoyed this, thanks. Fascinating mix of the post-industrial and reclaimed nature. I wonder how much from the landfill leaches out into the Anacostia. I'm sure it's been measured by someone and will look for it.

The flower appears to be a hibiscus, probably Hibiscus siriacus, sometimes called Rose of Sharon.

I tried to play find the second heron, but failed.

Anyway, I wouldn't camp there, but look forward to riding around.

Thanks for the lovely photo essay. We give a fair amount of money to the Anacostia Watershed Society and it's gratifying to see this kind of thing happening on shore along this beautiful and suffering river. I must get down there for a ride some time, but camping would give me the serious creeps. Pretty X-C course, but doesn't look hilly enough to me.

Based on Wash Cycle’s previous article about the ART (7/28/15), I rode along some of the new trail last weekend and was very pleasantly surprised to see how much work has been done over the past year. I don’t have a problem with the Phase 1 trail using the Mayfair neighborhood streets just as long as there is a continuous bikable connection from Benning Road to Bladensburg that connects the southern and northern halves of the trails together. As it is now, the only way I can get from one half to the other is to put the bike on my car and drive to either location (unless you want to play with fire and attempt to ride along Kenilworth Ave). The only down side to all this is that it appears no one is working on the trail at the moment. The ART website says the trail will be completed by “mid 2016”. Let’s hope the workers return and no Ospreys build any nests along the trail.

Are you sure about the bridge connection to the Arboretum in phase 1? My understanding is that nothing has been approved.

That's what the 2011 EA says. But I'm not sure that Phase 1 will be completed as part of the work ongoing now. So there might be two parts to Phase 1.

According to a 2012 NPS report, they don't feel that the old landfill has an impact on adjacent surface waters. It does leach into some shallow groundwater such that it exceeds drinking water standards, but this water isn't directly used as drinking water and doesn't present a good pathway to surface waters.

"The data do not indicate an overall impact from the Site on surface water or sediment in the
adjacent surface water bodies (Anacostia River, Watts Branch, and Kenilworth Marsh).
Groundwater transport is the only potential pathway for Site contaminants to migrate to adjacent
water bodies and groundwater data collected during the RI do not indicate a significant
groundwater transport pathway."


In 1999, the EPA did not find evidence of suspected PCBs in soil samples, so there is that. They also suspected asbestos had been dumped there, but I don't see that they tested for it.

...however, the NPS report does find exposure pathways for PCBs etc. from surface soils. They don't feel they're an "unacceptable" risk.

@Smedley, yeah, it's a pretty flat course. Made for some fast times in the inaugural race last fall.

@Dan - they might still be working on the northern segment even if you did not seen anybody in the area covered by these photos. When I crossed the river on NY Ave this week I could still see the cranes and other equipment in the river. The update on the official trail page (from July 13) says they are working on pile driving for the boardwalk section.

As of last fall, one could inspect construction progress by taking the river trail within Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. A portion of that trail was closed for construction because it will be part of the new paved trail, but the portion closer to the visitor center and parking in the aquatic gardens was open - as far as the river. From there you could see some of the work being done on the boardwalk segment. A bridge is needed over Lower Beaverdam Creek as well. They had not started on it yet as of last Nov.

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