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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Washington Park Wars

Can you smell what Bladensburg Waterfront Park is cooking?

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Washington Park Wars

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

Yards Park

With views of Anacostia, stroll the boardwalk or wade in the freshwater pool. 355 Water St., SE


Water falls from an installation at Yards Park in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1, 2014. The park is part of the 9-mile Anacostia Water Trail, which features natural areas as well as riverfront recreation and ends where the Anacostia meets the Potomac River.

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

View wildlife, rent a boat, or fish from the pier. 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg




Contributing Editor

Amanda has contributed to Washingtonian since 2016. She has written about the right-wing media personality Britt McHenry, chronicled her night with Stormy Daniels, and come clean about owning too much stuff. She lives on H Street. She can be reached at [email protected].