National Park Service approves new multi-use trail for Oxon Cove Park

Graphic of new proposed multi-use trail in Oxon Cove Park
Proposed multi-use trail in Oxon Cove Park

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News Release Date: July 21, 2017

Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7177

OXON HILL, Md. — The National Park Service has completed its planning and environmental review process to create a new multi-use trail at Oxon Cove Park. The proposed trail would provide new public access for recreation and connect to other local trail systems.

The trail would highlight the park's streams, wetlands and forests along the cove and encourage outdoor recreation and water activities like fishing and bird watching. Planned trail features include an observation deck, bench area, bike racks and a ramp. A timetable for realizing the plan has not yet been determined.

The new, approximately 1-mile section, would connect with an existing multi-use trail in the park creating a continuous trail from Shepherd Parkway in D.C., near Blue Plains, along the cove and through Oxon Cove Park in Md. The project furthers the NPS effort to increase opportunities for people to explore and enjoy the variety of plants, animals and scenery in the park.

Acting National Capital Regional Director Rick Obernesser signed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on July 13, selecting Alternative 2. Approval of the plan is the final step of the planning process that has included public input and coordination with federal and state agencies and partners in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. The entire plan/Environmental Assessment and associated documentation is available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.

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