We went to Hains Point; the park itself is located south of Independence avenue and the Tidal basin. It is easily accessible from the Jefferson Memorial. Parking is plentiful and the metro station is pretty close. The recreation area includes the gold course, tennis court, out door pool, picnic tables and benches, shade trees, plenty of room for children and adults to run around, and a recreation center.
So if you find yourself around the area, stop by to smell the roses. Or plan a picnic there with friends, family or a loved one. Highly recommended for families with children.
East Potomac Park is a national park located just south of the Jefferson Memorial. It is home to the East Potomac Golf Course, a mini-golf course, the East Potomac Tennis Center, and the national park police headquarters.
Hains Point is a flat peninsula of land between the Potomac River and the mouth of the Anacostia River at the tip of East Potomac Park. This area is very popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists who crowd the area on weekends. In fact, it is so bad, the two-lane Ohio Drive becomes one lane as you have to straddle the middle line to avoid the groups of people who hog both sides of the road. The area has a big picnic area, sports fields, and lots of parking. From this area you can see Fort McNair, Anacostia Naval Station, and Bolling AFB to the east as well as Crystal City and Reagan National Airport to the west.
The park is comprised of 700 acres that was created with 12 million tons of sediment dredged from the river. The park was designed by and named after Major General Peter Hains, who is known as the only officer to serve in both the Civil War and World War I. He fought at Bull Run and Vicksburg.
Many people overlook this part of Washington DC merely because it isn't as obvious to get here as it to other places. It is a nice place to stroll through greenery and enjoy the breeze from the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
There is a road that takes you out to Haines Point and takes a "U" back around. What is truly of interest are the cherry trees that line the road. There are 1,681 trees of 10 different varieties. The most prevalent variety is the Yoshino Cherry tree with 995 trees in this area. There are other cherry trees in the Tidal Basin and West Potomac Park.
Also, take a look at the statue at Haines Point called "The Awakening." It is a 100 foot statue that appears to be rising out of the ground or waking from slumber if you will. This popular statue appeared in the movie "The Net" starring Sandra Bullock. Really neat!!!