Washington is a collage of leafy, heavily-statued squares, (occasionally) lush parks, and the neighborhoods these green spaces anchor.
Area residents themselves are far from park-agnostics. For every vehement supporter of Malcolm X Park’s Sunday drum circle, there is someone who prefers to hang their ENO hammock in a quiet corner of the National Arboretum’s Slow-Growing Conifer Collection. For the lighthouse people, it’s Jones Point Park or bust. Natural history buffs are busy congregating at Dinosaur Park, where at least one person a day (probably) asks, “Now eventually you do to have plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?”
We are fierce, territorial, park-proud people and today we put our loyalties to test. Welcome to Park Wars.
Here’s how it works: each weekday, starting right now, Washingtonian will publish a voting page with two competing parks from the bracket above. You can vote between 9 and 4:30 each day, and we’ll announce the winner by 5. The victor advances, the loser is cast aside.
Splash Parks: Yards Park v. Bladensburg Waterfront Park
With views of Anacostia, stroll the boardwalk or wade in the freshwater pool. 355 Water St., SE
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
View wildlife, rent a boat, or fish from the pier. 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg