COVID-19 Update (as of July 2020)
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, George Washington Memorial Parkway will increase recreational access by reopening parking lots and restrooms that were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
“The value of access to green space for health and wellness has been evident throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Superintendent Charles Cuvelier said. “George Washington Memorial Parkway appreciates the collaboration among our regional partners including the City of Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington counties, NOVA Regional Parks, Visit Fairfax and Fairfax County Park Authority in providing additional access to local green space as part of their phased reopening. We encourage everyone to recreate responsibly and thank visitors and neighbors for their ongoing support.”
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners continues to be paramount. At George Washington Memorial Parkway our operational approach will be to examine and regularly monitor each facility, function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Park visitors are asked to adhere to the physical distancing guidelines and small group guidelines (do not exceed 10 people) and to avoid closed facilities. Restrooms at Great Falls Park and Belle Haven Marina will be reopened.
Park Rangers remind visitors to:
Know before you go.
Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
Keep it close.
Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
Keep your distance.
Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
Know your limits.
Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
Keep it with you.
If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas . Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Belle Haven Marina is open to slip-holders and for kayak rentals. Washington Sailing Marina and Columbia Island Marina are open to slip-holders. The boats ramps at Belle Haven Marina, Columbia Island and Washington Sailing Marina are open to the public. Clara Barton NHS is also temporarily closed.
National Park Service construction projects are essential; therefore, they continue to move forward. These projects include; Arlington Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation, Arlington House Rehabilitation, Netherlands Carillon Rehabilitation, and the Glen Echo Carousel Roof Replacement (substantially complete).
The NPS started accepting permit applications on June 9, 2020.
Reporting Hazards or Incidents
Life-threatening Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies or Hazards: 202-610-7505 (US Park Police Dispatch)
Last updated: March 5, 2021