Tidal Basin Concept Created

  • Tidal Basin Concept Created - The concept of the Tidal Basin originated in the 1880s to serve both as a visual centerpiece and as a means for flushing the Washington Channel, a harbor separated from the Potomac River by fill lands where East Potomac Park is situated. 
  • Creation of West Potomac Park - In 1882, Congress allocated money to dredge the Anacostia River to create the Washington Channel and West Potomac Park.
  • Completion of Tidal Basin Inlet Bridge - The completion of the Tidal Basin Inlet Bridge in 1908 helped to facilitate the recreational usage of East and West Potomac Parks.