UPDATE 7:15 a. m., March 10, 2014: All park roads are open.
All park roads are open. Beach Drive from Porter Street to the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway will be closed from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Zoo tunnel work. Conditions on all park roads will continue to be monitored for safety.
March 10 Road Closure: Beach Drive between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Porter Street, NW
On March 10th from 9:30 a. m. until 2:30 p. m., Beach Drive will be closed between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Porter Street, NW for maintenance work on the zoo tunnel.
Road Closures during Rock Creek Park Deer Reduction Operations
Temporary night-time road closures will be in effect during reduction activities which may occur January 2 through March 31, 2014.
Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Winter 2013/2014
Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »
Nature & Science
Rock Creek Park serves as a natural oasis within the heavily urbanized District of Columbia. Many plant and animal species consider the forested landscape of the park home. Meadows and stream habitats provide even more biodiversity; the Hay's spring amphipod is an endangered species found within the park. Rock Creek Park is also an important resting spot for neo-tropical migrant birds on their way south to their wintering grounds or on their way north to their breeding grounds.
Being an urban nature park, Rock Creek Park also faces many environmental challenges. Invasive, non-native plant species, stormwater runoff, an unsustainable number of white-tailed deer, and climate change, all pose major threats to the health of the park. Click on the links at right or below to read more and to see what National Park Service staff and partners are doing to mitigate the effects of these critical issues.
Water quality challenges in Rock Creek Park: http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/rock-creek/water-quality
Information on the plants, animals, watershed, and geology of Rock Creek Park: http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/rock-creek
Learn about national capital area natural resources on the National Park Service Center for Urban Ecology website: http://www.nps.gov/cue/
National Park Service information on climate change and mitigation: http://www.nature.nps.gov/climatechange/
Did You Know?
Peirce Mill was built in the early 1820's by Isaac Peirce. It operated commercially until the main shaft broke in 1897.