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At Kenilworth Landfill and Park, the trail is designed to reveal and mark the phased remediation process through a series of topographic asphalt trails that multiply, evolve, and break down from one edge of the landfill to the other. These trail berms emphasize the artifice of the site by exaggeration and creation of a two-faced condition: a remediated side and a contaminated side. These topographic trail berms separate and guide “clean” water that falls on the remediated site, separating it from the contaminated groundwater. A seed bank, cultivated by kids from Thomas Elementary School, heightens this contrast, highlighting the urban wild and the fear of the invisible.

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400’ “...in the  mid-­1960s  I  drove  to  work  daily  on  Rt.  295  past  the  city  dump  located  on  the  river  just  north  of  Benning  Road.     My  route  to  work  at  that  time  took  me  across  the  bridge  there  every  day...    They  were  still  burning  the  trash  at  that  time.     If  the  wind  was  blowing  from  the  west....  it  was  not  uncommon  for  the  visibility  to  drop  to  near  zero  on  the  highway  and   to  see  flaming  pieces  of  paper  and  debris  flying  through  the  air.”  –John  Nichols,  1  February  2013

Thomas Elementary School

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plant seed bank

trample

cut back branches

monitor soil

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cultivate plants

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DISTANCE: 0.4 miles, 528 paces TIME: 10 min walk, 5 min jog, 3 min bike

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FREQUENCY: school year, afternoons

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The walk marks the extent of the remediation process and fosters a relationship with Thomas Elementary School 38 | Hayes

The Wild Anacostia  
The Wild Anacostia  

Kate Hayes | Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis

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