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Home > Visit a Gateway > Anacostia Park
Anacostia Park - Washington DC
Facilities: Hundreds of acres are available for ball fields, picnicking, basketball, and tennis. The Anacostia Park Pavilion has 3,300 square feet of space for rollerskating and special events. The Langston Golf Course offers 18 holes and a driving range. Three concession-operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating.

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens: Kenilworth Park and Gardens constitutes some 700 acres and is part of Anacostia Park. Kenilworth includes the "Gardens", Kenilworth Marsh, ballfields and recreational facilities. The origins of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens lie not only in the 1791 L'Enfant Plan for the District of Columbia, but also the McMillan Plan of 1901 which specifically recommended extension of public parkland along both sides of the Anacostia River.

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants. The Gardens were begun as the hobby of Civil War veteran and operated for 56 years as a commercial water garden. In 1938, the Gardens were purchased by the Federal Government. It was at that time that the facility ceased operating as a commercial enterprise and became part of the National Park system.


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