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Reporting Hazards or Incidents

Life-threatening Emergencies: 9-1-1

Non-emergencies or Hazards: 202-610-7505 (US Park Police Dispatch)

 

Closures and Construction

The George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) will rehabilitate three comfort stations in parks along the roadway. This rehabilitation project will modernize the facility and ensure compliance with Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) at Belle Haven Marina, Columbia Island Marina and Daingerfield Island. The comfort stations will be closed during the construction. Temporary toilets will be provided. Weather permitting, all three restrooms will be reopened by November 30, 2016.

This project was funded by park entrance fees. The regulations of the Recreational Fee Program require the park to spend the fees on projects that benefit the visitors.

The construction for Belle Haven Marina comfort station has finished and is reopened.

The construction for Daingerfield Island comfort station has finished and is reopened.

The construction for Columbia Island Comfort Station starts on August 1, 2016 and ends on November 30, 2016.

Last updated 11/08/2016 9:00 a.m.

 

Hazardous Tree Removal Project

Driving along a National Park roadway or hiking a trail you may notice that a lot of trees have been cut down? You’re not alone, we are missing our trees too!

Recently, the George Washington Memorial Parkway has begun a hazardous tree removal project along the parkway and parks in Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland. A certified arborist will deem a tree as hazardous if two conditions exist: if the tree has a defect which may result in the tree falling, and if the tree is close to a target (a road, building or trail). As part of the Parkway's hazardous tree removal project, we are working with our tree crew and with contracted tree companies to ensure that visitors have a safe experience in the Park.

Trees will not be taken down in non-maintained or pose a threat, they will be left to fall on their own and not removed to provide additional habitat to our wildlife. Our primary concern will be on visitor safety when identifying and removing hazardous trees.

Visitors will notice the large impact of this project. It stretches from one end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the other and includes; Belle Haven Park, Mount Vernon Trail, Gravelly Point, Columbia Island Marina, Clara Barton Parkway, Memorial Circle, Dyke Marsh, Arlington House, Turkey Run Park and Fort Hunt Park. Additionally, there are many locations along the north and southbound roadway that include: the median near Daingerfield Island, near Memorial Bridge, and along Spout Run Parkway. This work will continue until March 2017.

While crews are busy removing hazardous trees, the Park’s Natural Resource Management staff are working to identify locations and plants to replace those lost. Park staff is also working with partners, stakeholders and local jurisdictions on projects to replace lost trees. Last year, the Park and the Daughters of the American Revolution planted numerous dogwood trees. We are also working with the City of Alexandria to plant some trees in the Slaters Lane area. We realize the landscape is changing and the tree canopy make look different in the coming months, but we want to make sure that we provide a safe experience to everyone who comes to enjoy our public lands!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101

Phone:

(703) 289-2500
Ranger-led programs for schools and other groups: Theodore Roosevelt Island and North 703-285-2965 USMC War Memorial and South 703-235-1530

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