Location map illustrating the location of Buzzard Point Park within the District of Columbia.

Buzzard Point Park Environmental Assessment - Finding of no significant impact

The National Park Service (NPS) prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate proposed improvements to Buzzard Point Park (the Park) in the Buzzard Point Neighborhood in Southwest DC. The Buzzard Point neighborhood is rapidly transitioning from an industrialized area consisting of large utility buildings, to mixed use residential and commercial developments, set at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. The Park is comprised of a collection of parcels administered by the NPS collectively totaling 7.75 acres, of which only 3.33 acres are on land; the remainder of the site includes parcels that lie within the Anacostia River. The Park includes approximately 1,500 linear feet of shoreline along the Anacostia River. Currently, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ART) ends abruptly on both ends of the Park.
The purpose for taking action is to transform the Park into an accessible waterfront amenity that continues the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The Park would provide residents and visitors with more open space, recreational opportunities, and ways to connect with the Anacostia River while enhancing visitor experience of Buzzard Point Park. Furthermore, by continuing the ART through the Park, the NPS can enhance the experience for the trail user.

The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, (42 United States Code [USC] § 4321 et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality's Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508); NPS Director's Order #12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making (DO #12); the NPS NEPA Handbook (NPS 2015); and DO #28 Cultural Resource Management.
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