August 27, 2017
New Beach Drive closures and detours begin before Monday morning rush hour
At midnight tonight, Beach Drive closes to all users (cars, bikes and pedestrians) between Park Road/Tilden Street NW and Joyce Road NW, which is just south of Military Road NW. Ross Drive and Ridge Road will also close to vehicles but will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.
August 17, 2017
Fire up your GPS New Beach Drive detours expected to begin August 28
Get ready, get set, and go for a smoother and safer drive on the southern section of Beach Drive. The newly reconstructed road and paved multi-use trail between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Tilden Street NW are expected to reopen on August 28, pending any weather delays. New closures and associated detours will go into effect immediately after Segment 1 reopens.
August 03, 2017
Join the party Beach Drive Construction Moves Further Down the Road
There is still a long road of construction work ahead, but also much to celebrate. On Sunday, August 20, Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy are hosting a block party for residents and neighbors to experience the brand new Beach Drive before anyone else.
June 06, 2017
Portion of paved multi-use trail in Rock Creek Park to close for one week
The short section of paved multi-use trail in Rock Creek Park from Tilden Street/Park Road NW to Porter Street NW will be closed Wednesday, June 7 through Tuesday, June 13 so construction crews can repave the trail across Bluff Bridge. The work is part of the larger Beach Drive reconstruction project.
May 26, 2017
One less closure, new detour routes, and great progress for Beach Drive reconstruction
WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) held two public meetings earlier this week in preparation for the next phase of work on Beach Drive. The three-year construction project remains on schedule with the first segment of construction, between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Park Road/Tilden Street NW, concluding mid to late summer.
May 08, 2017
Public Meetings Announced for Next Segment of Beach Drive Rehabilitation
The three-year Beach Drive rehabilitation project is on the road to success. Segment 1 will be completed and Segment 2 will begin later this year. The National Park Service (NPS) invites residents and road- and trail-enthusiasts to discuss improvements that have already been made to the roadway, multi-use trail and Rock Creek streambanks and to learn about upcoming closures and detours.
March 16, 2017
National Park Service to Combat Invasive Plants in DC Area National Parks
National parks in and around Washington, DC, provide some of the area’s best opportunities to experience our nation’s history and enjoy nature. However, some unwelcome plant visitors threaten the long-term health and beauty of parks in the national capital region.
March 01, 2017
Carter Barron Amphitheatre closed for 2017 season for repairs
As the result of a recent structural assessment, the National Park Service (NPS) has determined that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. This means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer.
February 27, 2017
Public Meeting - Stormwater Management at the Carter Barron
Join National Park Service and DC Department of Energy and Environment staff to see concepts and learn more about the upcoming stormwater management project for the Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking lot.
February 16, 2017
New Superintendent Announced for Rock Creek Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Julia Washburn, associate director for interpretation and education, at the NPS headquarters, as the next superintendent of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.
December 22, 2016
NPS approves fee increases for several national parks for 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) approved increases to park fees for entrance, campgrounds, and picnic areas in several national parks in the greater DC area. Fees will improve facilities, infrastructure and visitor experiences. All of these rate changes will become effective on January 1, 2017.
December 21, 2016
National Park Service donates 1,300 pounds of venison to local nonprofit
The NPS donated 1,300 pounds of venison to DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that develops social ventures to fight poverty and hunger, and prepares meals for shelters and transitional housing throughout DC. The donation follows the safe and successful removal of 36 deer from Rock Creek Park, completing deer management operations for the year.
December 12, 2016
NPS extends deadline for comments on future designs for Rock Creek Park Nature Center Complex
Please share your feedback to help shape the future of Rock Creek Park’s Nature Center, Horse Center, Maintenance Area and immediate surroundings. Deadline for feedback extended to February 8, 2017.
December 02, 2016
Portion of Rock Creek Park multi-use trail will be closed Sunday December 4
The Rock Creek Park multi-use trail will be closed between Porter Street NW and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. while crews complete work to remove hazardous trees that was started in November. Beach Drive remains closed due to construction activities. To minimize the length of the temporary closure, the National Park Service has called in additional personnel so the work can be completed in only one day.
November 15, 2016
Rock Creek Park announces deer management window of action
The upcoming window of action for deer reduction in Rock Creek Park will be November 15, 2016 through March 31, 2017. This is the fifth operational window for the Rock Creek Park White-tailed Deer Management Plan.
November 03, 2016
Portion of Rock Creek Park multi-use trail will be closed Sunday Nov 6
The Rock Creek Park multi-use trail will be closed between Porter Street NW and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. to remove hazardous trees.
October 31, 2016
National Park Service invites comments on future designs for Rock Creek Park’s Nature Center Complex
The National Park Service is developing a plan to renovate buildings, further protect park resources, and create more opportunities to explore and learn in the park.
October 11, 2016
Construction work to begin on multi-use trail mid-week between Tilden St and Piney Branch Parkway
Sometime this week, likely Wednesday Oct. 12, contractors will begin reconstruction of the multi-use trail in Rock Creek Park along Beach Drive between Tilden St NW and Piney Branch Parkway. The National Park Service will provide a delineated and protected space for pedestrians and cyclists on Beach Drive adjacent to the trail work. Cyclists and pedestrians will need to rejoin the multi-use trail and exit Beach Drive at Piney Branch Parkway. Construction crews continue work on the surface of Beach Drive between Porter St NW and the Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, which begins just south of the zoo tunnel.
September 29, 2016
Rats beware: National Park Service and the D.C. Department of Health partner to combat rodent population in D.C. national parks
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to better control the rodent populations in national parks in the District. Under the agreement, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, DOH staff will inspect and treat national parks throughout the city. Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.
September 12, 2016
Beach Drive closures to begin September 22
Beach Drive will close 24/7 in both directions on September 22, from Tilden Street NW to where Beach Drive begins at Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway below the Omni Shoreham hotel. Stay up to date by visiting go.nps.gov/beachdrive and signing up for Nixle alerts by texting BEACHDRIVE to 888777.
September 09, 2016
Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park propose third phase of picnic fee increases
The NPS is accepting public comments through September 29, 2016, on the third phase of the proposed increases for picnic fees at Rock Creek and Fort Dupont parks. Fee charges will fund the picnic areas’ upkeep and improve the level of service provided to visitors.
July 27, 2016
National Park Service announces additional Beach Drive rehabilitation public information meetings
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today two additional Beach Drive rehabilitation public information meetings to share information about upcoming improvements to Beach Drive, road closure and detour routes, and answer questions.
July 26, 2016
Summer Concert Series Announced for Fort Dupont and Carter Barron Amphitheatre
NPS celebrates centennial with two parks, one summer concert series
July 15, 2016
National Park Service invites public to learn about Beach Drive rehabilitation project at public information meeting
The National Park Service (NPS) begins a three-year rehabilitation project on Beach Drive after Labor Day, which will require segments of the road to be closed in both directions. Public information meetings will be held to answer questions, and provide details about the project, road closures and detours.
July 06, 2016
Beach Drive rehabilitation will begin after Labor Day
The National Park Service (NPS) will begin a three-year rehabilitation project after Labor Day to repair Beach Drive; providing a safer trip through Rock Creek Park for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians, while maintaining the historic characteristic of the park.
April 11, 2016
National Park Service and National Capital Planning Commission Launch Memorials for the Future Competition with Van Alen Institute
A competition to imagine flexible and interactive memorials for the 21st Century
February 04, 2016
Rock Creek Park and partners to invest $727,000 for centennial
Rock Creek Park is about to get a $727,000 public-private funding boost for projects that improve visitor services and connect with new audiences. This funding is part of the Centennial Challenge, a national effort to help kick off the National Park Service’s second century.
December 22, 2015
National Park Service donates 700 pounds of venison to DC Central Kitchen
The National Park Service donated about 700 pounds of venison to DC Central Kitchen today. The meat will be used in the thousands of healthy meals that DC Central Kitchen prepares daily for multiple nonprofit partners, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and afterschool programs. The venison donation is a result of the deer reduction operation in Rock Creek Park in early December.
December 14, 2015
Rock Creek Park Completes Deer Management Operations for the Year
The National Park Service has concluded deer management operations in Rock Creek Park for the reduction window that runs through March 31, 2016. Biologists who are also highly trained firearms experts removed 26 deer safely and without incident during one night of operations. The NPS will donate all suitable venison to a Washington, D.C. food bank.
November 30, 2015
Rock Creek Park Announces Fourth Deer Management Window of Action
Rock Creek Park Superintendent Tara Morrison announced today that the upcoming window of action for deer reduction in the park will be December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. This is part of the continued implementation of the Rock Creek Park White-tailed Deer Management Plan.
November 13, 2015
Public invited to learn about Beach Drive and multi-use trail reconstruction
Learn more about the project to reconstruct Beach Drive and the multi-use trail through Rock Creek Park at a public meeting on November 17 at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center.
October 01, 2015
More than 100 volunteers worked to clean up and restore parks around D.C. to launch a new stewardship program in celebration of Rock Creek Park’s 125th anniversary this weekend.
September 29, 2015
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Rehabilitation of Landscape Surrounding Robert Emmet Sculpture
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a project to rehabilitate park landscaping at the triangle bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, 24th and S Streets, NW. This area, known as U.S. Reservation 302, contains a sculpture of Irish patriot Robert Emmet.
September 24, 2015
Rock Creek Park Launches Volunteer Stewardship Initiative to Commemorate 125th Anniversary
In honor of Rock Creek Park’s 125th birthday, the National Park Service today launched a new stewardship program. The Sustaining Our Lands with Volunteer Energy (SOLVE) program empowers community partners to help take care of the park.
July 02, 2015
Carter Barron 2015 Schedule
2015 Carter Barron Amphitheatre and Fort Dupont
Summer Theatre Concert Schedules Announced.
June 06, 2015
Zoo Tunnel June 2015
WASHINGTON- Beach Drive between Porter Street NW and Rock Creek Parkway will close between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. June 12th through June 23rd. The temporary night-time closures allow the National Park Service to replace old lights in the Beach Drive Zoo Tunnel with new energy efficient LED lighting. The NPS expects to reduce energy consumption from tunnel lights by 75 percent.
May 12, 2015
Invasive Plant Management
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public scoping comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington DC region.
April 06, 2015
Washington DC Area Parks Join Find Your Park Movement
National capital region parks join national parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. To inspire area residents to find their park and to help engage a new generation of park stewards, area parks will offer fee free days on April 18 and 19. Several area parks will also offer special programs throughout National Park Week, which runs April 18-26, and on National Junior Ranger Day, April 18.
March 10, 2015
The Old Stone House Marks Its 250th Anniversary
The Old Stone House in Georgetown turns 250 years old this month, and the National Park Service invites the public to explore this extraordinary historic site.
January 22, 2015
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Georgetown Non-motorized Boating Development Plan
The National Park Service (NPS), is accepting public scoping comments through Feb. 19 on preliminary alternatives for the Georgetown Non-motorized Boathouse Zone Development Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA). The NPS will hold a public meeting on Feb. 4 to discuss the project, which will study options for levels of development and services to support non-motorized water and recreational use along the Georgetown Waterfront.
January 21, 2015
National Park Service to Hold Public Meeting about Proposed Pedestrian Access Improvements in Fort Totten Area
The National Park Service (NPS) will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to pedestrian access from the North Michigan Park neighborhood to the Fort Totten Metrorail Station. The open house format meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting.
January 20, 2015
Fort Totten Pedestrian Access Public Meeting
The National Park Service will hold a public meeting about the Fort Totten-North Michigan Park Pedestrian Access Improvements Environmental Assessment on February 2, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:000 pm at the Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library, Meeting Room 1, 5401 S. Dakota Ave. NE., approximately one half mile from the Fort Totten Metrorail station.
December 23, 2014
Rock Creek Park Donates 1700 Pounds of Venison to DC Central Kitchen
Today, the National Park Service donated 1,700 pounds of venison to DC Central Kitchen. The meat will be used in the thousands of meals that DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) prepares daily for nonprofit partners, including shelters and transitional housing agencies serving the homeless. The donation is a result of Rock Creek Park’s deer reduction actions. The park has met its objective of removing 55 deer, which concludes the operations for the winter 2014/2015 window of action.
December 13, 2014
Young named Deputy Superintendent
Frank Young named Deputy Superintendent of Rock Creek Park.
December 02, 2014
Rock Creek Park Announces Upcoming Deer Management Window of Action
Rock Creek Park Superintendent Tara Morrison announced today the upcoming window of action for deer reduction in the park is December 2, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
October 21, 2014
Fall Turf Maintenance Will Temporarily Close Portions of some Parks in Northwest Washington
The National Park Service will conduct annual fall seeding and aeration at Fort Circle Parks, Carton Barron and Meridian Hill Park beginning Wednesday, October 22, requiring temporary closures.
October 20, 2014
Rock Creek Park and Ft Dupont Park Propose Second Phase of Picnic Fee Increases
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments through October 30, 2014 on the second phase of proposed fee increases for picnic pavilions at Rock Creek and Fort Dupont Parks. Under the proposal, a half day reservation would cost $45 beginning January 1, 2015. Fee changes will fund the picnic areas’ upkeep and improve the level of service provided to visitors.
May 15, 2014
International Migratory Bird Day Festival in Rock Creek Park
On Saturday, May 17, Rock Creek Park and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will co-host an International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) festival to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation.
April 15, 2014
National Park Service Opens Peirce Mill for Season
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Peirce Barn and Peirce Mill have opened for the season. Peirce Barn and Peirce Mill are located on Tilden St., across from Picnic Area 1 in Rock Creek Park. Peirce Barn and Peirce Mill will be open Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM (except July 4) until November 1.
April 09, 2014
National Park Service donates 3300 pounds of venison
As a result of Rock Creek Park’s deer management actions, the National Park Service has donated 3,300 pounds of venison to DC Central Kitchen.
April 01, 2014
NPS Completes Winter-Spring 2014 Deer Management in Rock Creek Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has concluded deer management operations in Rock Creek Park for the 2014 season. Between January 2 and March 31, 2014, 106 deer were removed, safely and without incident, from the park.
March 07, 2014
NPS Public Comments and Public Mtg Fort Totten - N Michigan Pedestrian Access
Rock Creek Park/National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment for pedestrian access improvements at Fort Totten. Comments will be accepted from March 7 through April 7, 2014. A public meeting will be held on March 19, 2014.
February 19, 2014
National Park Service Increase Hourly Rates for Parking Meters at Thompson Boat Center Effective March 1, 2014
The National Park Service (NPS) will increase the hourly rates for the parking meters located in the parking lot of Thompson’s Boat Center (TBC), to $2.00 per hour, effective March 1, 2014. This NPS parking lot is located at the intersection of Virginia Avenue, NW and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway.
February 11, 2014
Rock Creek Park Foundation Documents to host Open House
Rock Creek Park will hold a public meeting to discuss its new foundation document on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Vaghi Dining Room located at St. John's College High School on 2607 Military Road, NW Washington, DC 20015.
January 09, 2014
Public Meeting: Meridian Hill Park Preservation Phase V
The National Park Service (NPS) will hold a Public Meeting on January 14, 2014 for Rock Creek Park’s Phase V of the Preservation of Meridian Hill Park. NPS proposes to continue repairs to the exposed aggregate concrete throughout the park, stabilize historic features, and install an American Disability Act (ADA) accessible entrance into the lower level of the park.
January 06, 2014
Rock Creek Park Announces Upcoming Deer Management Window of Action
Superintendent Tara Morrison announced today that the upcoming window of action for deer reduction in the park is January 2 through March 31, 2014. These actions are part of the Rock Creek Park White-tailed Deer Management Plan.
June 27, 2013
NPS Announces Availability of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Metro Memorial Park
The National Park Service and the District of Columbia government, in cooperation with the National Capital Planning Commission, announce the availability for public review and comment of an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Metro Memorial Park.
June 20, 2013
Visitor Safety Improvements along Capital Crescent Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is making improvements to the Water Street entrance following increasing concerns for public and visitor safety. Installation of a bicycle-friendly gate at the Georgetown side of the aqueduct will prevent vehicles from driving upstream and replace the single bollard located 200 feet upstream that had previously served this purpose but that was knocked over frequently by errant cars.
April 18, 2013
NPS Release of Feasibility Study to Implement Non-Motorized Boathouse Zone along Georgetown Waterfront
The National Park Service (NPS) has released the "Feasibility Study to Implement a Non-motorized Boathouse Zone". The study is available for public comment for a period of 30 days. Comments will be taken and added as an appendix to the study.
April 11, 2013
NPS Welcomes New Boathouse Concessioner Rock Creek Park
The National Park Service welcomes Boston Outdoor Recreation, Inc. as the new concessioner to the Key Bridge Boathouse, formerly known as Jack's Boathouse.
April 01, 2013
Rock Creek Park Completes Winter/Spring 2013 Deer Management
The National Park Service has concluded deer management operations in Rock Creek Park for the winter of 2013.
March 27, 2013
Rock Creek Park to Begin Deer Reduction Operations
Rock Creek Park Superintendent Tara Morrison announced today that several temporary night-time road closures will be in effect for visitor safety during white-tailed deer reduction efforts in the park. From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., March 27-30 the following will be closed when sharpshooting is underway: Beach Drive north of Broad Branch Road, Ross Drive, Wise Road, Grant Road, Sherrill Drive, Joyce Road, Morrow Drive, and Bingham Road, NW.
March 01, 2013
National Park Service Selects Operator for Georgetown Boat Rental
The National Park Service has selected B&G Outdoor Recreation, Inc., for a two-year temporary concession contract to provide non-motorized boat rental and storage in Rock Creek Park along the Georgetown waterfront.
January 18, 2013
NPS Invites Proposals for Georgetown Boat Rental
National Park Service Invites Proposals for Georgetown Boat Rental: Jack’s Boathouse to operate in the interim.
October 12, 2012
Construction Resumes - Rock Creek Parkway at Edgewater Drive
Safety improvement road construction project resumes at the merge of Waterside Drive and Rock Creek Parkway.
September 21, 2012
Rock Creek Park Hosts Healthy Parks Healthy People TRACK Trail Dedication
On Sunday, September 23rd, Rock Creek Park Hosts Healthy Parks Healthy People TRACK Trail Dedication
May 30, 2012
NPS Approves Rock Creek Park Deer Management Plan
Washington D.C. -- The National Park Service has approved a plan that protects the forests of Rock Creek Park by reducing the park’s deer population through lethal and non-lethal means.