• Aerial view of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the fall

    George Washington

    Memorial Parkway DC, MD, VA

Park Planning

Mount Vernon Trail Safety Enhancements near Theodore Roosevelt Island

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is seeking public comments on proposed alternatives to improve safety on the Mount Vernon Trail in the parking lots at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Preliminary alternatives include a wider, realigned trail and a reconfigured entry to the island. Comments on this project will be accepted from Tuesday, March 4 to Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

In its current configuration the trail is interrupted by ramps, trees, and a sharp (90 degree) turn. The goals of this project are to upgrade the trail to meet minimum design standards, reduce conflict between trail users and vehicles in the parking lot, enhance the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Island with improved facilities and signage, and minimize impacts on the site's natural and cultural resources.

Visit the project website for more information and to comment on the project. Click to see a presentation on the project or drawings of the four preliminary alternatives.


Langley Fork Park Land Exchange

The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment to evaluate alternatives for a proposed land transfer of Langley Fork Park and Langley Oaks Park and potential development options at Langley Fork Park.

Currently, the National Park Service owns the Langley Fork Park property and permits the Fairfax County Park Authority to manage and maintain its use. Fairfax County has proposed a mutually beneficial land exchange would allow for upgrades at Langley Fork through the Fairfax County Park Authority and protection of new Potomac Gorge resource areas through the National Park Service.

Comments will be taken during a 60-day public scoping period from December 5, 2013 to February 3, 2014. During this scoping period, the public is invited to identify any issues or concerns they might have with the proposed project so the National Park Service can appropriately consider them in the preparation of the Environmental Assessment. Comments may be submitted electronically on the project website.


Memorial Circle Safety Improvements

The National Park Service is working to improve visitor safety and experience in the area that includes Arlington Memorial Avenue, Arlington Memorial Bridge and Memorial Circle. The results of a road safety audit conducted by the Federal Highway Administration in November 2011 were used to develop a list of short- and long-term safety and traffic improvements that was released to the public in June 2012.

As part of this effort, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration, has temporarily installed a flashing beacon warning system at the trail crosswalk of the northbound lanes of the Parkway just south of Arlington Memorial Bridge and one mile north of I-395. The system will be in place for approximately thirty days as a trial to help inform the upcoming Environmental Assessment process that will evaluate long-term safety and traffic improvements in the area.

The National Park Service is accepting public feedback on the effectiveness of the system from Monday, November 18th, 2013 to Friday, January 17th, 2014. Comments may be submitted electronically on the project website. Public involvement for the Environmental Assessment process is expected to take place in early 2014.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming EA process, please send your contact information to kate_barrett@nps.gov.


Documents Open for Public Review

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    Other Plans and Projects

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