You’re Invited to Shape the Future of the C&O Canal Through Georgetown

The National Park Service (NPS) and Georgetown Heritage, with support from the District of Columbia and the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) are launching a collaborative comprehensive planning process to revitalize the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, in Washington, DC.

This collaborative process will result in a plan to enhance the one-mile portion of the C&O Canal NHP in Georgetown, from the Zero-mile marker to the Alexandria Aqueduct.

We encourage you to participate in the planning process. Please join us on June 14, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm for a public presentation by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations followed by an open house that will include a hands-on visioning and programming workshop to solicit your input.

Please RSVP at this link by Friday, June 9: RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

The meeting will be held in the Canal Overlook at Georgetown Park (next to Dean and Deluca, 3276 M Street NW)

Submit your comments online:
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NPS and Georgetown Heritage, in cooperation with the District of Columbia Office of Planning and Georgetown BID, are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify alternatives and assess the potential impacts of the plan. Concurrent to the NEPA process, NPS will work with DC State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and other consulting parties to finalize a formal determination of effect through the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended (NHPA) consultation process. The purpose of the Section 106 consultation process is to identify historic properties that could be affected by the Plan/EA; assess adverse effects on those properties; and develop ways to resolve those effects through appropriate avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures. 

 Participation is vital to the planning process.  The NPS is inviting public comment regarding potential issues and concerns that should be considered during the planning processes.  Comments can be submitted electronically at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comments (PEPC) website at
Written comments may be mailed to:

C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters Office
1850 Dual Highway
Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Read the full letter from the C&O Canal National Historical Park inviting the public to participate in the planning process.