Two reimagined destination projects recently launched in Washington, D.C.

Work has begun on Water Park and Dining in the Park, two redesigned business and restaurant destinations in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy JBG Smith

Work has begun on Water Park and Dining in the Park, two redesigned business and restaurant destinations in Washington, D.C.

Project lead JBG SMITH reimagined Water Park at 1601 Crystal Drive as a 0.65 ha (1.6 acre) community gathering place animated by innovative dining with a focus on local, women, and minority-owned businesses and significant landscape improvements. Plans call for 453 m2 (4875 sf) of new food and beverage, highlighted by nine 28 m2 (300 sf) restaurant kiosks along the perimeter of the park, a 130 m2 (1400 sf) full-service restaurant set into the hillside, and a water bar and terrace perched atop a modernized fountain water wall. The kiosks will be surrounded by seating areas for the public to enjoy.

Additional elements of the redesigned Water Park include a live performance stage, an interactive water feature, public art installations, and a trailhead building adjacent to the Mt. Vernon Trail equipped with public restrooms and bike facilities. JBG SMITH is also coordinating with Virginia Railway Express on a handicap accessible connection to the future entrance of the relocated VRE station.

Dining in the Park will similarly transform and reactivate the courtyard in front of 2121 Crystal Drive with a novel culinary experience set among more than an acre of greenery. JBG SMITH is collaborating with Chef Enrique Limardo and the Seven Restaurant Group team on Surreal, a 519 m2 (5587 sf) dining destination featuring year-round outdoor seating.

JBG SMITH is working with design architect Elkus Manfredi and landscape architect Hoerr Schaudt on Water Park and Dining in the Park, both of which are expected to deliver in 2023.

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