The urban beach reveals the natural history of the site and reinterprets the topography by day lighting the buried creek that damaged the cells along North Capitol. The urban beach is a unique garden of sand dunes and wetlands with native plants.
It is an open laboratory of sustainable water filtration systems and solves the severe flooding in the neighborhood downstream.
It can be a permanent national demonstration site for best storm water management practices. The columns of the ruins form pergolas for flowers and vines and gabion walls create vertical gardens.
It creates habitats for wildlife that can be enjoyed from the perimeter Olmsted walk.
Urban beach to Howard University