February 24, 2013
Public Comment Sought to Improve Safety on the Mount Vernon Trail at Theodore Roosevelt Island Parking Lot
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.
February 12, 2014
Flashing Beacon Trial Ends
The trial period for the flashing warning beacons placed at trail crossings of the northbound lanes of the parkway near Arlington Memorial Bridge has ended. During the week of February 17 the beacons will be removed. All comments that were submitted will used in the upcoming Environmental Assessment process to evaluate long-term safety and traffic improvements in the area.
February 11, 2014 (originally posted January 17, 2014)
The National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on the Draft Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement
The George Washington Memorial Parkway made available today the Draft Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates management options for the restoration of Dyke Marsh. The draft plan/EIS is open for review and comment for 60 days, concluding on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A public meeting about the Draft Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/EIS has been postponed due to expected hazardous weather. It will take place on February 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Indigo Landing Restaurant instead of February 12.
January 25, 2013 (originally posted November 25, 2013)
George Washington Memorial Parkway Seeks Public Feedback on Temporary Flashing Beacon Warning System
The George Washington Memorial Parkway will install temporary flashing warning lights at trail crossings of the northbound lanes of the parkway near Arlington Memorial Bridge. Warning lights will be in place for approximately thirty days as a trial to help inform an upcoming Environmental Assessment process that will evaluate long-term safety and traffic improvements in the area. Public comments will be accepted through February 5.
December 18, 2013
Presence of Coyotes Confirmed at Fort Hunt Park
One adult and one juvenile coyote were photographed in the evening hours at Fort Hunt Park this week. Coyotes are a widespread species, with a range that stretches from coast to coast. These intelligent animals have adapted to suburban and urban environments. Coyotes have been living in the Washington, D.C. area for over a decade and have been documented in Rock Creek Park, local county parks, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Since coyotes are often nocturnal, or active at night, they are rarely seen. National park lands provide important habitat for wildlife like coyotes.
Both of the coyotes observed at Fort Hunt Park appeared to be in good health and were acting normally. If you have questions or other wildlife sightings, please contact the park's Natural Resource Program Manager, Brent Steury.
December 5, 2013
Public Scoping Meeting focusing on Land Transfer of Langley Fork Park and Langley Oaks Park and Potential Development of Langley Fork Park
The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment to evaluate alternatives for the proposed land transfer of Langley Fork Park and Langley Oaks Park and potential development options at Langley Fork Park. A public open house meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, January 14, 2014. Written comments can be submitted from from December 5, 2013 to February 3, 2014.
October 25, 2013
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Announces $24.9 Million Investment in Restoration of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell this week announced $24.9 million for restoration work at the National Park Service's Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Virginia, part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Dyke Marsh is one of 45 federal areas to receive Congressional funding after Hurricane Sandy for restoration and research projects.