Kayak on the Anacostia! Ballpark Boathouse in Navy Yard Soft Opening Saturday at 11am


The following was written by Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber.

After over a year of hounding the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office daily to get them to take the steps necessary to open a privately-run kayak rental vendor at Diamond Teague Park, I’m happy to report that the Ballpark Boathouse — run by Boston Outdoor Recreation, Inc., the same company who runs the Key Bridge Boathouse — will finally be soft opening this weekend.

Diamond Teague Park is located at the corner of 1st Street SE and Potomac Avenue SE between Yards Park and Nats Park. This is pretty big news for this side of the city, as it’s the first kayak rental operation on the Anacostia River.

Operations at the boathouse will ramp up throughout the rest of this outdoor season, and will expand with rentable storage racks next spring where residents will be able to keep their own kayaks.

For now, the hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 8pm. Because this is a soft opening, they’ll be starting small and working out the kinks over the next few weekends. An official grand opening is planned for later this summer.

More info here.

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  • I checked out the location – it’s no clear where you’d paddle, other than in circles. Also, the tidal pull looked pretty strong. Can you paddle near the Naval piers? Or under the FD Bridge? Did anyone try them?

    • Yeah, I was wondering about that. If it ever gets cooler I might take my girlfriend there to do an intro to kayaking, but otherwise I’d rather drive to Kennilworth or the Anacostia community boathouse where it’s more scenic.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Just so you know, the Anacostia is a Superfund site. Washington Gas had a coal gasification plant near the 11th St. bridge where they burned coal to turn it into natural gas. The byproduct of this process is called coke, a sludge-y black tar mixture of highly toxic waste. They dumped this toxic waste in the Anacostia for decades. You can often smell the benzene if you stand under the 11th St. Bridge. There are 3 large concentrations of it, and one of them is near the stadium.

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