Since 2018, the Ward 8 Woods Conservancy has worked to reclaim the parkland along Suitland Parkway, removing over 60 tons of trash and beating back the advance of invasive plants.
In February 2021, we officially proposed the first new hiking trail in Ward 8 in a generation, tentatively named the Suitland Parkway Northside Trail.
The trail would parallel the existing, paved Suitland Parkway bike trail for approximately two miles, creating a potential 3.4-mile loop for users. The route starts at Pomeroy Road in the west and runs to Southern Avenue in the east, with street crossings at Stanton Road, Irving Street, and Alabama Avenue. It would also connect to the existing George Washington Carver Trail near the Anacostia Community Museum.
The time for this trail has come, for many reasons:
Ward 8 Woods is in discussions with the DC Department of Urban Forestry, which owns the land, and are preparing a proposal to the DC Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trails Program that would fund design and construction.
Our proposal for Phase 1 of the trail, which would go from Southern Avenue to Irving Street, is currently under consideration by the DC Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trails Committee. Stay tuned to our newsletter and Facebook Page for more on how you can support this groundbreaking project.
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