Park Features

Park Tavern Restaurant

The Park Tavern Restaurant is located in the pavilion on the southern block adjacent to the ice-skating path. The light-soaked café serves lunch, dinner and weekend​ brunch. Outdoor seating is available in the warmer months. The restaurant pavilion includes innovative green building systems (see Sustainability section for more details).

Ice Skating

During the winter, the Canal Park Ice Rink is open seven days a week.  The figure-eight ice path meanders through the Park recalling frozen canals of northern Europe and perhaps the Washington Canal itself, as historical records suggest that ice-skating occurred on the Tiber Creek in winter during the 19th century. Visitors can rest in the pavilion and sip hot chocolate while watching skaters pass by.

Water Features

Canal Park has two monumental water features. A large, interactive water fountain with programmable water jets embedded below the paving surface anchors the southern end of the Park. Children run through the fountain during the summer months, and when the fountain is turned off, the space can be used as a performance area.

In the middle block, a monumental fountain 20 feet wide and 135 feet long sits in the same linear path as the rain garden and includes a small water cascade. 

Art and Sculpture

Artist, David Hess designed a series of interactive sculptural elements to be located on each of the Park's three blocks. In addition, a large cube with translucent polycarbonate panels on the roof of the main Pavilion is a medium for projection art and light displays.

Child/Family Features

Canal Park is a destination for the whole family with many activities including ice skating in winter, enjoying a meal at the café, jumping through the water fountains and relaxing on the green lawns.

Lawns/ Flexible Programmed Space

Flexible spaces throughout the park, including the large green on the north block, are used for a variety of programs and events.  CPDA, in partnership with the Capital Riverfront Business Improvement District, hosts numerous events and celebrations throughout the year including, movies, concerts, holiday and seasonal festivals, farmers markets, art expositions, games, educational and environmental programming, storytelling events, and much more. Check our events page for current information about events.

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Government of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, Mayor

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