Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Temporary Closure Order for Portions of National Capital Parks-East

Closure Order #20-004
June 2, 2020

Closures, restrictions and public use limits:

Closure Order-Portion of a Park Area: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5, the following park areas and facilities are closed, effective immediately until June 30, 2020:

  • National Capital Parks-East Headquarters Building, 1900 Anacostia Dr, SE
  • Carter G Woodson NHS, 1538 Ninth Street, NW
  • Frederick Douglass NHS, 1411 W Street, SE
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, 1318 Vermont Ave, NW
  • Lanham Estate Picnic Area and Ridge Picnic Area in Fort Dupont Park
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave, NE
  • Public Restrooms and Comfort Stations (Anacostia Park, Fort Dupont Park)
  • Athletic Fields (Anacostia Park Field 1-Field 7, Fort Mahan, Kenilworth Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens)
  • Basketball Courts (Anacostia Park, River Terrace, Fort Davis)
  • Exercise Equipment and Facilities (Anacostia Park, Fort Mahan)
  • Playgrounds (Anacostia Park - Skate Pavilion, Anacostia Park - Nicholson St, Anacostia Park - DC Pool, River Terrace, Fort Mahan, Fort Dupont Park, Battery Ricketts, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, Marion Park, Maryland Ave and 10th Street NE, Parkland)

Authority 36 CFR 1.5(a)(1)

Restrictions and Public Use Limits: Uner the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5, the following activities are restricted in all other areas, known collectively National Capital Parks-East effective immediately, until June 30, 2020:

  • Kenilworth Park closed to vehicular traffic
  • Fort Dupont Drive from Randle Circle, SE to Fort Davis Drive closed to motor vehicles
  • Anacostia Drive closed to motor vehicles 12:00am to 11:59pm daily.

Authority: 36 CFR 1.5(a)(1)-(2)

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of National Capital Parks-East, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders, except as follows: National Capital Parks -East employees, United States Park Police and authorized park contractors, authorized Special Use Permit holders,

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with the following public health directives:

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified above because:

  • The closures are consistent with the Mayor's Order(s); with CDC guidance listed previously, and with the Secretary of the Interior direction to provide mission essential, mission critical, essential support activities per the March 22, 202 memorandum, documents listed previously. Public health directives require social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Allowing visitors into these park areas is likely to violate the requirement that persons stay at least 6 feet from each other.
  • Crowding that exceeds CDC Guidance (CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance) and District of Columbia COVID-19 guidance ( has been observed in many areas of National Capital Parks -East. Vehicle parking limits are routinely exceeded in parking areas, and capacity crowds have been observed at times in certain park units. There continues to be wide-spread use of trails and picnic areas.
  • Public health directives require social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes Mayor's Order 202-053, which prohibits gatherings of 10 or more persons. Closing Fort Dupont Road and Anacostia Drive to motor vehicles is believed to provide enough room for park visitors to undertake essential recreation while maintaining a six-foot distance from each other.
  • Closed ares are known to have natural and cultural resources that could be damaged.
  • Park staff and visitors were encountering crowding.

This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30, 2020. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis, and the order will be modified or rescinded when conditions warrant.



As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks subject to local and state firearms laws.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit the District of Columbia's website.

District of Columbia Law

See Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25

See also Division IV, Title 22, Subtitle VI, Chapter 45

District of Columbia Attorney General

Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in federal facilities in this park. Those federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances.

Enabling Legislation

PUBLIC LAW 108-192-DEC. 19, 2003
117 STAT. 2873

Public Law 108-192
108th Congress

An Act

To establish the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the "Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Act".


As used in this Act:
(1) CARTER G. WOODSON HOME.-The term "Carter G. Woodson Home" means the property located at 1538 Ninth Street, Northwest, in the District of Columbia, as depicted on the map.
(2) HISTORIC SITE.-The term "historic site" means the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.
(3) MAP.-The term "map" means the map entitled "Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site", numbered 876/82338-A and dated July 22, 2003.
(4) SECRETARY.-The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior.


(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-Upon acquisition by the Secretary of the Carter G. Woodson Home, or interests therein, the Secretary shall establish the historic site as a unit of the National Park System by publication of a notice to that effect in the Federal Register.


(1) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary may acquire any of the 3 properties immediately north of the Carter G. Woodson Home located at 1540, 1542, and 1544 Ninth Street, Northwest, described on the map as "Potential Additions to National Historic Site", for addition to the historic site.

(2) BOUNDARY REVISION.-Upon the acquisition of any of the properties described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall revise the boundaries of the historic site to include the property.

(c) AVAILABILITY OF MAP.-The map shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

(d) ACQUISITION AUTHORITY.-The Secretary may acquire the Carter G. Woodson Home or any of the properties described in subsection (b)(1), including interests therein, and any improvements to the land by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.

(e) ADMINISTRATION.-(1) The Secretary shall administer the historic site in accordance with this Act and with laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the Act of August 25, 1916 (16 U.S.C. 1, 2-4) and the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).
(2) GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN.-The Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historic site not later than three years after the date on which funds are made available for that purpose.


(a) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with public or private entities to provide public interpretation and education of African-American heritage in the Shaw area of the District of Columbia.
(b) REHABILITATION.-In order to achieve cost efficiencies in the restoration of properties within the historic site, the Secretary may enter into an agreement with public or private entities to restore and rehabilitate the Carter G. Woodson Home and other properties within the boundary of the historic site, subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary deems necessary.
(c) AGREEMENT WITH THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY.-In order to reestablish the historical connection between the Carter G. Woodson Home and the association Dr. Woodson founded, and to facilitate interpretation of Dr. Woodson's achievements, the Secretary may enter into an agreement with The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History that allows the association to use a portion of the historic site for its own administrative purposes. Such agreement shall ensure that the association's use of a portion of the historic site is consistent with the administration of the historic site, including appropriate public access and rent, and such other terms and conditions as the Secretary deems necessary.


There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

Approved December 19, 2003.

SENATE REPORTS: No. 108-138 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
May 14, considered and passed House.
Nov. 24, considered and passed Senate, amended.
Dec. 8, House concurred in Senate amendment.


Last updated: June 3, 2020

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Mailing Address:

National Capital Parks-East
1900 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020


This phone number is for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which also staffs the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.

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