News Release

Part of Fort Totten Park closed for public safety

Map of Fort Totten with closure area highlighted
Map of Fort Totten with closure area highlighted

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
News Release Date: July 23, 2020

Contact: Katie Liming, 703-399-4547

On July 22, a WWI-era unexploded ordnance was discovered during construction work on a park trail. Out of an abundance of caution and until more research can be completed, an area of Fort Totten Park, in the Michigan Park neighborhood, is closed, and the National Park Service (NPS) is urging people to stay out of the area.  

The area is currently marked with caution tape, and warning signs and fence will be installed as quickly as possible.   

United States Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department responded after heavy rain revealed the ordnance, and the site was cordoned off immediately. The U.S. Army is analyzing and is expected to destroy the ordnance at Marine Corps Base Quantico.  

The public’s safety is the NPS’s most important priority. Trail construction is halted, and the NPS is working to determine the next steps needed to evaluate the area. We will provide updates as more information is available.  

Note: This closure is not in the vicinity of and does not impact DDOT construction work on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.   


Last updated: April 18, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


202 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

Contact Us