June 28, 2013
National Park Service Presents 2013 Independence Day Celebration in the Nation's Capital
The National Park Service continues its tradition of presenting an Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4th on the National Mall. Following the Fourth of July parade, the fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9:10 p.m. can be viewed from the National Mall, President's Park and sites along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
May 30, 2013
Greater Washington National Park Service Sites Receive Grants for Historic Preservation
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that seven sites within the National Capital Region were selected as recipients of Partners in Preservation grants. A total of $195,000 in grant funding will be used towards preservation projects at these seven sites. The amount of grant funding varies by recipient, with the US Marine Corps War Memorial receiving a $5000 grant.
May 21, 2013
Rehabilitation of Memorial Bridge
The George Washington Memorial Parkway has announced a 45-day public scoping period to solicit public comments on a proposal to rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge. During the scoping period the public is invited to identify any additional alternatives, issues, or concerns they might have with the proposed project so that they can be considered in the environmental assessment. Comments will be accepted through Friday, May 24, 2013.
May 13, 2013
Delays on Northdown Road and East and West Boulevard Drives
The Federal Highway Administration and George Washington Memorial Parkway will begin a project to pulverize and reconstruct sections of Northdown Road, East Boulevard Drive (between Kent Road and Collingwood Road) and West Boulevard Drive (between Alexandria Avenue and Collingwood Road). The project also includes stormwater improvements, including reconstruction of the stone waterway along Northdown Road. Affected residents received a letter describing the project in detail. This project is anticipated to finish in August 2013.
April 24, 2013
Marine Corps War Memorial Chosen to Compete in Partners in Preservation Program
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the Marine Corps War Memorial has been chosen to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative that will award $1 million in grants to Washington, D.C. metro area historic places. Partners in Preservation invites Washington, D.C. metro area residents, and anyone who loves the Capitol Region, to help choose the historic places they think most deserve preservation funding.
April 11, 2013
Parkway Joins Trash Free Parks Program on Earth Day
The George Washington Memorial Parkway is introducing a Trash Free Park program at Great Falls Park, Virginia and additional park sites on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013. The program follows a Carry In, Carry Out - Leave No Trace principal, one which supports the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mission of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The purpose of this program is to reduce the amount of solid waste collected in national park areas.
January 31, 2013
Repairs to Mount Vernon Trail Bridge Complete
Park staff have completed repairs to a broken bridge on the Mount Vernon Trail in Jones Point Park, Alexandria, and the trail has re-opened.
January 18, 2013 [updated January 20, 2013]
Inauguration Day Closures
Memorial Bridge will be open only to pedestrians from 5 am to 7 pm on January 21. All ramps to and from Memorial Circle will be closed. Vehicles can reach Arlington National Cemetery from VA-110. The Mount Vernon Trail will be open between Theodore Roosevelt Island and the turn-off for Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove from 5 am to 5 pm. An earlier security plan required that this section of trail be closed. Bicyclists and pedestrians can get to events on the National Mall from the trail via Memorial Bridge.
December 12, 2012
Rock Stabilization Work Complete
The Federal Highway Administration has finished stabilizing two cliff faces on the northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway. For the past three months lanes have been closed while workers applied a glue-like material to seal cliff fractures and reinforced bolts that anchor netting over the cliff faces. We appreciate your patience and support while completing this important stabilization project. We continually work to improve safety conditions for everyone traveling on the parkway.
November 4, 2012
Potomac Heritage Trail Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
A portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail in Turkey Run Park washed away during flooding associated with Hurrican Sandy. Through-hikers can work around this section by taking the uphill trail through the Turkey Run picnic area. (Update on November 6, 2012: Now that water levels have receded, the Potomac Heritage Trail is passable.)
November 2, 2012
Clean-up from Hurricane Sandy Complete
Hurricane Sandy brought wind and rain that knocked down trees and flooded trails along the parkway. All park sites, roads, and trails are open. Watch for single lane closures along the parkway as Tree Crew continues to remove hazard trees.
September 18, 2012
National Park Service Announces Ribbon Cutting and Rededication Event at Jones Point Park
The George Washington Memorial Parkway and the City of Alexandria, Virginia, will hold a brief ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication event at Jones Point Park on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10 am. Speakers are expected to include US Representative James P. Moran (VA-8), Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, a representative from the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Acting Superintendent of the parkway Jon G. James. The event is open to the public, but seating and parking will be limited.
Mount Vernon Trail Realignment
The National Park Service realigned the Mount Vernon Trail at the VA-27 crosswalk near Arlington Memorial Bridge to address safety concerns. This project was finished in September 2012. The trail was open during construction; trail users were detoured around the construction area.
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority to Remove and Trim Trees at Gravelly Point and Roaches Run
The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority will be removing and triming trees within the flight path of Reagan National Airport on National Park Service Property at Gravelly Point and Roaches Run during the next several weeks in September. For more information visit the Airport Authority's website.
May 22, 2012
The National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Alternative Concepts for Gravelly Point and Roaches Run Enhancements
April 26, 2012
April 14, 2012
Volunteers to Clean Up Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
The George Washington Memorial Parkway and its partner, Friends of Dyke Marsh, invite members of the local community to the 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up. Anyone who would like to pitch in will receive gloves, trash bags, and training at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on Saturday, April 14 from 9 am to 12 pm