Washington DC Wharf Revitalizes Waterfront - Yenra

Washington DC Wharf

On October 12, 2017, Phase 1 of The Wharf opened to the public, reestablishing Washington, D.C., as a true waterfront city and destination. The $2.5 billion, 3.2 million square foot waterfront neighborhood features new residential, office, hotel, shops and restaurants, cultural, marina, and public uses, including 10 acres of public waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks, all designed by one of the most impressive lineups of architects in the nation. The mix of uses offers something for everyone, with an incredible mix of best-in-class brands, local favorites and renowned chefs and shops. The Wharf is the largest waterfront development in the nation and the first significant redevelopment in Southwest D.C. in more than 50 years, drawing inspiration from waterfronts around the world and designed to bring the community to the water's edge. The Wharf impacts the region in many ways from generating funding and employment opportunities, creating sustainable infrastructure, incorporating public spaces, reconnecting people to the waterfront, and making the region more accessible.

Built as a public-private partnership that began more than a decade ago, this monumental waterfront neighborhood opens with a six-month long celebration of events and public activities, beginning with a four day celebration on October 12-15, 2017. A full schedule of Kickoff Celebration events can be found here. During the Kickoff Celebration Weekend on October 12-15, The Wharf is hosting free concerts on three outdoor stages and strolling entertainment, art exhibits and more, with more than fifty entertainers. The headlining event is a free, public concert on District Pier with The Bacon Brothers, the folk rock soul country band made up of award-winning actor and singer Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael.

Through the construction of The Wharf there has been an expansion in the usage of the waterfront from a previously private, fenced off boat parking lot to an active harbor with public access across the entire site in addition to upgrades made to all existing facilities. The Wharf introduces stunning community spaces including public parks and four public piers, which offer seating, event spaces, firepits, swings, public kayak launch, transit options, as well as seasonal uses like ice skating, in addition to ongoing public events and programming.