Anacostia Park - Craft the Parks 2023: May, Natural History, East USA
dyed on Knitted Wit Sock:
80% Super Wash Merino, 20% Nylon
4 ounces, 420 yards
Four plies of super wash merino and nylon make this the ideal sock yarn.
This yarn is exclusive to Knitted Wit's annual National Parks Club, Craft the Parks!
After several years of park adventures have exhausted all of the traditional US National Parks, save one, so this year, Knitted Wit will be showcasing other National Parks areas, such as National Recreation Areas, Heritage sites, etc. Most will fall under one of 4 categories:
Each summer (May - August) four new colorways are released. The Craft the Parks colorways are only available at participation local yarn shops.
Traveling this summer? Want to collect more from the 2023 Craft the Parks collection? You can find other participating shops here.
Staying at home this summer? Follow along on the Knitted Wit blog. http://knittedwit.com/blog/
National Parks 2023: Anacostia Park
Where is it located?
Anacostia Park is located in the heart of Washington, DC.
Whose land does it reside upon?
Long before the arrival of the first European explorers, a vibrant American Indian culture evolved around the abundance of fish, game, and other natural resources in the Anacostia River area for at least 10,000 years. In the 17th century, the Nacotchtank Indians were the primary residents along the eastern shore of the Anacostia. Prosperous farmers, gatherers, hunters, and traders, the Nacotchtanks lived in the vicinity of what is now Bolling Air Force Base.
The District of Columbia shares borders with Maryland and Virginia, and connect with lands along the Anacostia and Potomac River. These river systems and current national parks are where the Piscataway, Pamunkey, the Nentego (Nanichoke), Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan, and the Powhatan cultures thrived.
When was it established?
Although the foundations of the park were being laid as early as 1901, in 1933, management and oversight responsibilities for Anacostia Park were turned over to the National Park Service.
About this park:
This small but mighty park in the heart of the nation’s capital was developed as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of DC. There are walking and hiking trails, wetlands to explore and admire, fishing, biking, and the reason we are featuring it this year, a roller skating rink (the ONLY roller skating rink in the National Park Service, FYI)! Folks can skate for free from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Why did we choose these colors?
We used this photo (https://www.nps.gov/anac/planyourvisit/roller-skating.htm) of a happily-skating Park Ranger as the inspiration for our Anacostia Park colorway.
For more information:
NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/anac/index.htm