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Tidal ground: Thicken by Encompassing

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At Kenilworth Marsh and Aquatic Gardens, the trail is designed to encompass flooding, registering and monitoring change on daily, annual, and generational time scales. Emphasizing micro-topography and marsh gradients, the trail splits around a central runnel, anticipating people moving aside to avoid low and wet spots. Designed with grooves that capture and guide water into the main, central runnel, the trail encourages the overlapping of hydraulic systems with human recreational activities. As the central runnel weathers its concrete base breaks down, the one trail may eventually split into two.

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NPS Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

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Here, the urban wild is expressed in a landscape of risk and the fear of the land changing shape so quickly with the incoming tide. Furthermore, the runnel’s rhythm of high and low gives visitors a better sense the drastic differences in the micro-topography of a marsh condition.

200’

Kenilworth Marsh + Aquatic Gardens

400’

aquatic gardens

cultivate

plant

learn

watch

tide dependent

monitor sediment

kayak

flood

encompass

gauge water levels

swim

high tide

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Kenilworth Landfill

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low tide

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DISTANCE: 0.5 miles, 660 paces TIME: 11 min walk, 6 min jog, 3.5 min bike FREQUENCY: tidal dependent

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The walk: grounded by Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the walk is accessible by foot at low tide and by kayak at high tide 32 | Hayes

The Wild Anacostia  
The Wild Anacostia  

Kate Hayes | Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis

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