Did You Know?
- The Tidal Basin is a manmade reservoir designed to release 250 million US gallons of water captured at high tide twice a day.
- There are 4 national monuments located adjacent to the Tidal Basin:
- The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
- The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
- The George Mason Memorial
- The Jefferson Memorial
- The Tidal Basin is considered a part of the West Potomac Park.
- It was originally named Twining Lake.
The Tidal Basin covers about 107 acres, averages about 10 feet in depth and has an elevation of about 3 feet.
Tidal Basin Fish:
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Spotted Bass
- White Bass
- Striped Bass
The Tidal Basin originated in the 1880s when there became a need to flush out the Washington channel. The basin was originally named “Twining Lake” in honor of Washington, D.C.’s first Engineer Commissioner, Major William Johnson Twining. However, the Tidal Basin that exists today wasn’t built until after World War II.
The Cherry Blossom Festival (usually held from March 28 – April 12)is held every year to celebrate
the Cherry Blossoms that grow on the trees surrounding the Tidal Basin.
In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gifted the city of Washington, D.C. 3,000 cherry trees. The Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates this gesture and the lasting relationship between the US and Japan.
Link to Cherry Blossom Festival
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