6/14/14- Towpath breach at MM 106, just below Dam #5. Towpath Detour in place (this detour does not leave park property). Please be aware of possible towpath hazards due to heavy rains.
Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Purslane Run, Stickpile, Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campgrounds and Paw Paw Campground water pump handles have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be installed when good water samples are received.
Parking Lot Closure
CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.
Boat Rides at Great Falls
Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Please call the Visitor Center for more info: 301-767-3714. More »
National Park Service launches Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area Initiative
Thursday, September 20, 2012.
Washington DC - The National Park Service (NPS) will kick off the Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area initiative with the DC Park Prescriptions and Kids in Parks TRACK Trail programs. A local Washington doctor will write the first DC Park prescription, andthird graders from Neval Thomas Elementary School will be among the first to walk the National Mall and Memorial Parks' TRACK Trail. A Connect Trails to Parks program grant is making TRACK Trails a reality in each of the 13 Greater Washington National Parks.
Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area is a NPS initiative to promote and encourage people to enjoy parks and public lands to the fullest for physical and mental health, healing and social well-being. Within the Greater Washington area, the NPS is working with state and local parks, as well as business innovators, healthcare leaders, scientists, foundations and advocacy organizations to foster the health-related role that parks can and do play in our society.
Since 2004, the NPS, National Capital Region (NCR) has been working on health related projects to connect healthcare providers and their patients with parks and public lands to expand and strengthen the fight against obesity and reconnect youth and families with their natural environment. The NCR is now working with multiple health partners to increase Greater Washington area residents' connection to parks to improve their health and well-being.
The Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area Press Kit contains various documents describing partner organizations and events related to DC Park Prescriptions and Kids in Parks TRACK Trails programs. Please see the contents of the press kit below.
Press Kit Contents:
For local resources on the Kids in Park's TRACK Trails program, part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area Initiative, please visit http://www.kidsinparks.com/trails/dc
Did You Know?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...