Thanks to the District Department of the Environment we now have an updated Bird List for Kingman and Heritage Islands! Bird watchers, please join us in putting it to good use. ____________________________________________________________
National Get Outdoors Day Was A Complete Success!!
National Get Outdoors Day returned to Kingman and Heritage Islands Park for the 3rd year in a row on Saturday June 11'th. Thanks to everyone who turned out to join Living Classrooms and the American Recreation Coalition in celebrating this wonderful event to introduce communities to healthy outdoor activities. Many, many people came out to participate in fun outdoor activities including biking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, live music, and more.
The Second Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Was A Total Success!!
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the Bluegrass and Folk music at the festival on June 11, 2011.
The public turned out in mass to enjoy the music and atmosphere of the day. In addition to the music, visitors had the opportunity to join in on activities offered at the National Get Outdoors Day event that were occurring at the park.
Mark your calendars for next year, as it promises to be just as much fun!
Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is currently undergoing several renovations under the guidance of the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. These exciting new improvements to the park have been designed to create a park that focuses on meeting the community desire for a natural recreation area and an environmentally focused learning space.
The park improvement plans include several features that will
greatly improve park access and resources for the public. The designs
for the park improvements can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Features to be added include a new pedestrian
entrance from Benning Road,
enhanced entrance spaces at the new Benning
Road entrance and the entrance coming from RFK
Stadium parking lot 6 and three outdoor classroom spaces!
Take a look at our Flickr page to view some of the photos of construction at
Kingman and Heritage
as we prepare for our new improvements!
We are interested in learning more about what ways you enjoy Kingman and Heritage Islands Park. Please take a minute to give us your feedback on different issues about the park as well as provide comments and suggestions on our wonderful park. We appreciate your interest in helping us learn more!
Kingman and Heritage Islands are natural parklands found on the Anacostia River in Northeast Washington, DC. There are over 50 acres of natural area to be explored on these two island habitats. Wooded trails, river views, and wetlands comprise much of the sights to be experienced when visiting the park. Trails in the park are open for walking, hiking, and bicycling. Visitors can also enjoy viewing a variety of plants and animals native to the area.
Kingman and Heritage islands can also be explored by boat. Kingman Island is bordered on the east by the Anacostia River, and on the west by Kingman Lake, which also surrounds Heritage Island. Boating on Kingman Lake and in the Anacostia River provides great views of the islands and of waterfowl living in along the river and in the wetlands.
Though the park on Kingman Island and Heritage Island is maintained as natural parkland, the islands were both constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1916 the islands were developed from sediment dredged from the bottom of the Anacostia River. In addition, the wetlands found around the edges of Kingman Lake were developed and constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and several other partner organizations.
The park on Kingman and Heritage Islands is being developed as a project of the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Kingman Island is also the future location of the Kingman Island Environmental Center. The Office of the Deputy Mayor has selected Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region to manage the park on Kingman and Heritage Islands, and to provide educational experiences and programs to the public.
To make a tax-deductible donation for continued restoration and educational programs at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park, please visit the Just Give website for Living Classrooms by clicking the link below. Thank you for your support.