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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 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 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.

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 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.

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