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Summer Concerts: Dog Night this Friday & Series Extended 

concert dancingThis Friday is Dog Night at the Yards Park Evening Concert! Bring your pup for free doggie treats and more from Chateau Animaux. FUSE Energy Drink will be giving out free samples and will also set up an inflatable twister game. Be sure to stay until the end of the concert to take part in free Zumba Dance on the boardwalk! This weeks performer is Signature singing R&B tunes, so prepare for a great night in the park. Smokin Somethin BBQ and Doug the Food Dude will be serving food. Mie N Yu will serve beer, wine, and frozen drinks.  


Based upon your replies to our Summer Concert Survey, we have added 3 more concerts to the end of the series. Come out for:  Grand Theft Radio on August 26th, Rise and Fall on September 2nd, and Divide by Zero on September 9th. Sponsorships are available, if you are interested contact Kathleen Kruczlnicki


Friday evening concerts take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Boardwalk Stage. The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to check out the full line-up with our online calendar! Check the Yards Park website or Facebook page if there is threat of bad weather that would cause us to postpone the concert. 


Next week's Lunchtime Concert features the Salsa and Latin Jazz of Sin Miedo, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Yards Park.     

Thursday Movie Series Extended to August 11th

MoviesDon't forget about the Thursday Night movie series in Tingey Plaza. Tonight's film is West Side Story. At tonight's movie, Hello Cupcake and Doug the Food Dude will be selling delicious snacks in addition to the popcorn available during the movie. 


We have also added additional dates to make up for the movies that were rained out. Dirty Dancing will be played on August 4th, and The Blind Side will be on August 11th.  

Development Update: RiverFront on the Anacostia Phase I    

Florida RockOn July 15, 2011 Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. the company that owns Florida Rock Properties, Inc. announced the formation of a joint venture with MidAtlantic Realty Partners, LLC (MRP Realty) to develop the first phase of the RiverFront on the Anacostia  development adjacent to the Washington Nationals Park. Since its inception in 2005, MRP Realty has been involved with over 5 million square feet of mixed-use development projects totaling $1.5 billion. With this partnership, it was also announced that the first phase of the existing development plan may change from an office building to residential apartments to meet market demand. The building circled in the photo on the right is the proposed location of the change in building program from office to residential.  Construction may begin as early as Spring 2013, depending upon approvals of the potential zoning change for the Planned Unit Development. The original plans for the site included: two office buildings, a residential complex, a hotel, extensive retail and open public spaces. A raze permit has been filed for the demolition of the existing concrete plant on site.  It is expected that the existing plant will be demolished before the end of the year.

Development Update: Capitol Riverfront BID 2Q 2011    

q2 2011

*Total SF includes allowed development by right on lots where a building program has not yet been determined.


In the second quarter of 2011, the estimated Capitol Riverfront residential population remained at just over 3,300 people as multifamily buildings remained stabilized with vacancy remaining at just 5% within the submarket.  Moderate residential growth will continue in the near term as phase II of the Capitol Quarter Townhomes begin to deliver and the 170-unit Foundry Lofts building opens in the fall.

Zumba  in the Yards Park 


Zumba classes in the Yards Park provided by Tami Hayes of Samson's Daughter Fitness will begin on Monday, August 1st. The series ends on August 31th. Classes will occur every Monday & Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm and every Saturday from 9:00am-10:00am. Sign up for this series of 14 classes this Friday at the Yards Park Information Booth. Sign up for the entire series for a one time fee of $100.00 or drop in on an individual class for $10.00.  This Friday after the concert Tami will give the last free Zumba demonstration. So be sure to come out and have fun. For more information call 202-412-7849, or email Samson's Daughter.  

Save the Date: Anacostia River Business Summit  

anacostiaMark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Anacostia River Business Summit and Expo on Tuesday, September 20th from 8:30am and 12:30pm.  Come join the Capitol Riverfront and the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership to discuss the clean up of the Anacostia, its destination qualities, and its impact on the economic development of the city.The speakers for this event will represent the DC development community, federal and local government leaders, local environmental groups, and experts in the field of stormwater management. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the expo area as part of the summit. Sponsorship opportunities and expo tables are available. Tickets will go on sale in August. Contact David Savarese with any questions. 


Capitol Riverfront Photo Contest Continues!

needleman photo contestThe Capitol Riverfront photography contest for the summer has received numerous entries!  As our neighborhood grows into a vibrant new destination we want your perspective to be at the foreFRONT. Winners will receive a gift certificate to Justin's Café and a prominent spot on our Flickr Site as a FRONT photographer.  Congrats to our most recent finalist whose photo submission is to the right.

Submissions for the contest may be sent to David Savarese.  The Capitol Riverfront photography contest winners will be announced at the end of the Summer Concert Series.  

Faces of the Front:  Eloyd Robinson, Yards Park Security Officer 

eloydEloyd Robinson of Watkins Security is our midnight security officer in the Yards Park. Before joining Watkins Security company, Mr. Robinson had a career as a professional player in baseball's Negro League and Major League Baseball. Mr. Robinson played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, and was the third African-American player to ever play for the team. Mr. Robinson played for numerous teams during his baseball career, including the Homestead Grays and the Saskatoon Commodores.  He started playing ball at the age of 14 for his hometown team the Danville Aces, later called the Danville All-Stars before working his way up in the league. While playing for the Aces and other teams, white players refused to play against black teams. While in Saskatoon, Canada, he made numerous game-changing plays that lead his team to victory. Some of his fondest memories was his friendship with Satchel Paige. After playing against him one time and hitting a line-drive for a base hit, Mr. Robinson said he used to tease Mr. Paige by saying that he was the "only man to ever bat a thousand off of Satchel Paige."

Mr. Robinson faced discrimination when playing in the south. He said, "we used to have to enter through the back door when playing down south, sometimes we would have to eat in the bus or sit inside the kitchen." But when faced with hecklers, he said that he, "always hit the ball so hard that the people would come down from the stands and tell him not to pay any attention to it." Having played baseball during a time of change in the history of the game, Mr. Robinson said that he and other African-American players didn't play for the money, but for the love of the game.

Mr. Robinson has been with Watkin's security for six years, since retiring from his career as a property manager for Charles Smith. He said that, "the Yards Park is nice at night and he doesn't have too many problems." The Capitol Riverfront is proud to have such a wonderful partner in the park, who worked to bring down racial barriers in our country's history.   

Green Feature:  DDOT's Eco-Pole at 55 M Street 

savwattYou may have noticed the distinctive new streetlight in front of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) office at 55 M. Street. This streetlight, called the Eco-Pole, is a Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight powered by wind and sun energy and is completely self-energizing. The Eco-Pole is not connected to the energy grid, and is the first city streetlight that is green, utilizes zero electricity, and is built in the United States.


The  wind turbine has a  lightweight hydro carbon polymer blade which is powered by low wind speed from any direction and the dual solar panels powered by the suns rays have a 36 hour battery back-up energy storage system. Besides the obvious advantages of free energy from the sun and wind to power the lighting system, the Eco-Pole also operates for 50,000 hours without requiring maintenance, according to SavWatt the company that installs the Eco-Poles.


This installation is just one part of DDOTs effort to conserve energy by replacing 1,000 streetlights in District alleys with new energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly LED lighting fixtures. LEDs have a longer-life than the District's existing lights and will reduce maintenance and energy costs. The new LED light fixtures will be funded by $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information, read the DOT press release or visit SavWatt.  

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