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Public Marina to Open at The Yards This Weekend

by Alyse Mier — June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

Rendering of the marina near Yards Park (Photo via Forest City Washington)A new marina is on track to officially open to the public at The Yards this weekend.

The Yards Marina (301 Water St. SE) is is scheduled to open this Sunday with 50 boat slips, docks for smaller personal boats, residential units, retail and dining spaces, according to a press release.

A grand opening event hosted by Forest City in collaboration with Living Classrooms invites nearby residents to a “free afternoon of family-friendly activities along the Anacostia River.”

The event will include boat and kayaking excursions, tours of the marina, activities for kids, live music and food.

More in a press release from The Yards:

WHAT: The grand opening of The Yards Marina, hosted by Forest City in collaboration with Living Classrooms. The DC metro area is invited to a free afternoon of family-friendly activities along the Anacostia River as part of the Marina’s opening day celebration.

The Yards Marina features 50 boat slips with dockage for boats up to 125 feet in length, a water taxi dock, an education dock and a paddler dock for kayaks and smaller personal boats. Half of the slips are designed for long-term, seasonal use, while the other half are intended for short-term occupation of ten days or less. Transient slips are available for the opening event at no charge. Space is limited; please contact Living Classrooms at 202-488-0627 to reserve.

Opening day activities to include:
Kayaking
Environmental education activations
Tours of the Marina and educational dock
Live Music by Jonny Grave and Party Like Its…
Mini golf, lawn shuffle board, corn hole and a moon bounce
Face painting and balloon artists
Roaming circus performers
Mermaid story time
Nautical themed children’s crafts
Short boat excursions aboard Living Classroom’s Historic Oyster Buyboat and the Anacostia Riverkeeper’s pontoon
Bites from Yards restaurants
WHO: The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping, relaxing and now boating and water activities. Living Classrooms will serve as a nonprofit partner, managing the marina’s educational programming as part of their youth outreach and as an employment venue for students participating in their job-training program.

WHEN: Sunday, June 26 from 2pm to 5pm

WHERE: Yards Park | 301 Water Street SE | Washington, DC 20003. Directions can be found at www.TheYardsDC.com/explore/map. The Yards is metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Parking is available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.

WHY: Enjoy a summer afternoon on the water with family and friends, and complete your day with a meal at one of the many restaurants located within walking distance at The Yards.

HOW: The event is free and open to the public.

About The Yards
The Yards is a development of Forest City Washington which, at full buildout, will feature 3,400 places to live, 400,000 SF of retail, dining & services, 1.8 million SF of office space and an award-winning waterfront park spread across approximately 25 buildings situated on 48 waterfront acres in the Navy Yard district. The neighborhood blends the historic feel of former Navy Yard industrial buildings given new lives through adaptive reuse, with sleek all-new construction components. Additional info can be found online at TheYardsDC.com. Follow The Yards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theyardsdc.

About Living Classrooms
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1985 in Baltimore. Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region has been serving at-risk youth and young adults in the District of Columbia and greater metropolitan region since 2001, using its distinctive competency in experiential learning — literally learning by direct experience — or what we call “learning by doing.”

File rendering via Forest City Washington

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