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District Opens Piers for Water Taxi Service to Nationals Park

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
District Opens Piers for Water Taxi Service to Nationals Park

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Wednesday announced water taxi service is now available to Nationals Park by way of a District-built public pier at the new $8 million Diamond Teague Park on the Anacostia River.

“We’re committed to building a vibrant and dynamic world-class waterfront,” said Mayor Fenty. “And this is one more amenity that will serve both residents and visitors alike.”

Six local charter companies will operate about a dozen different vessels to the pier from locations including Maryland’s National Harbor and Old Town, Alexandria. Service will be available for home games at the park and other special events. The boat operators will use a new 250-foot commercial pier built for boats carrying up to 149 passengers.

The District is building a second pier at the park that will be used for environmental education and smaller non-motorized recreational boats.

The piers are a key piece of Diamond Teague Park, located at First Street and Potomac Avenue, SE–between the ballpark and the river. The half-acre park also connects the piers and the ballpark to the Anacostia Riverwalk, a 20-mile network of waterfront trails. Construction and planting work on the upland portion of the park is expected to be complete early this fall. The park is named after 19-year-old Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) member Diamond Teague who was murdered in 2003.

The ECC members–many live in communities along the river’s banks–work to improve the river’s health and protect the plant and animal species along its banks. The organization is working with Costal Properties, a marina operator, to manage the public piers.

For more information about water taxi service schedules contact the Gangplank Marina at (202) 554-5000.

Media Contacts

  • Sean Madigan, (202) 615-2029