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The National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage share updated concepts for the Georgetown Canal Plan

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Date: April 5, 2019
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7177
Contact: Lauren Boston, 202-298-9222 x215

WASHINGTON — Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service (NPS) shared updated draft concepts for the Georgetown Canal Plan at a public workshop yesterday evening. From inviting landscapes to creative spaces for educational programs and events, the draft concepts show a rejuvenated and reimagined first mile of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) through Georgetown. The public is invited to review the concepts online and provide feedback through May 11.
Following a presentation, meeting participants viewed the draft concept posters up-close, asked questions and shared their vision for the C&O Canal. Highlights of the updated concepts include:

  • Repair and rehabilitation of the canal’s historic structures and cultural landscape in Georgetown.
  • Improved educational spaces, canal and lock models, a mule yard and a new visitor center.
  • New spaces to relax, get active and socialize along the canal.
  • Easier access for people with mobility challenges.
Participants were asked to consider the following questions as they viewed the draft concepts:
  • Does this achieve the vision and goals?
  • What are you most excited about?
  • Did we miss an opportunity?
Since the last public comment period, the NPS and Georgetown Heritage developed an interpretation and education plan for the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal, which, in addition to prior public comments, has greatly informed the revised concepts. The NPS also completed the reconstruction and repair of Locks 3 and 4. Just this week, the canal was re-watered to test the new lock gates in preparation for the eventual return of a reproduction canal boat.
These concepts and the feedback received from the community will shape the plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to reimagine, restore and revitalize a mile-long section of the  C&O Canal. The NPS and Georgetown Heritage are undertaking this project with support from the D.C. Office of Planning and the Georgetown BID.

How to Comment: Public comments will be accepted through May 11 via the NPS’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comments (PEPC) website at or by mail to:

C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters Office
Attention:  Georgetown Canal Plan
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

For more information about Georgetown Heritage and the NPS’s shared vision to restore, revitalize and reimagine the first mile of the Canal, visit

About the Georgetown Canal Plan
The National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage are partners in restoring, reimagining and revitalizing a one-mile section of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park, which begins with a comprehensive plan. The Georgetown Canal Plan, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, will be developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), ensuring the park’s natural and cultural resources are carefully considered and protected.
Funding for the Georgetown Canal Plan comes from the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and private philanthropy. A combination of public and private sources will fund the implementation of the plan. Visit for more information on the C&O Canal enhancement in Georgetown.

About C&O Canal National Historical Park:  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, one of America’s 419 national parks, preserves and interprets the park’s history and natural resources while inspiring adventure and outdoor recreation. Each year nearly 5 million people enjoy the opportunities for fun and learning that the 184.5-mile-long park has to offer. Visitors to the park support more than 1,300 jobs and contribute more than $126 million to local economies. Learn more at or follow the C&O Canal on Facebook @chesapeakeandohiocanal and Twitter @COcanalNPS.

About Georgetown Heritage: Georgetown Heritage is the new nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal NHP in Georgetown, and was created by community leaders to partner with the National Park Service to restore, revitalize and reimagine the first mile of the C&O Canal NHP and other National Park assets in Georgetown. Learn more at

Last updated: April 5, 2019

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