Named after Admiral Arthur L. Willard, Commandant at the Washington Navy Yard during World War I who improved production, the park displays U.S. Navy and foreign artifacts. A wide range of naval artifacts from different eras are on display. Willard Park also provides visitors and employees with a small picnic area. Some of the prior artifacts at Willard Park were: the submersible Intelligent Whale; one of the 6”/30 guns salvaged from the armored cruiser Maine; a Japanese Kaiten Human Torpedo; and a German type XXVIIB “Seehund” midget submarine. This section features views of the park throughout its history.
Image: NH 81481: Sixteen-inch, 50 Caliber, Mark 2, Mod.1, Gun Barrel, Willard Park, Washington Navy Yard, 1972. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
To learn more about Willard Park, please contact our Education Department for a spot on the next Walking Tour of the Washington Navy Yard.