The history of the Yards Park site is closely linked with that of the neighboring Washington Navy Yard that was founded in 1799 and is located just to the east of the Park. In 1916, in reaction to World War I, the Navy Yard added the Navy Yard Annex, an expansion westward to 2nd Street SE to accommodate increased manufacturing efforts. By the mid-1940’s the Navy Yard and Navy Yard Annex reached peak production with 26,000 employees in 132 buildings on 127 acres of land. After WWII the Navy Yard became principally an administrative and ceremonial center and the unused annex land was transferred to the GSA in the early 1960’s.At the Yards Park you’ll find open grassy areas and well-landscaped outdoor rooms, a waterfall and canal-like water feature, an elevated overlook, an iconic bridge and light sculpture, terraced performance venue, and a riverfront boardwalk.The Yards Park was built through a public/private partnership between the Federal General Services Administration (GSA), the District of Columbia, and Forest City Washington. The park was designed by M. Paul Friedberg and Partners and is managed by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.