Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 2 for the unveiling of initial design concepts for the C&O Canal National Historical Park through Georgetown!

Below are the initial design concepts presented to the public on November 2. 

All the materials presented at the meeting are also available online via the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment site.

Submit your comments online:

We are compiling the comments we received at the meeting, but that is just the beginning. Please take some time to review the designs  and share your thoughts. 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.  Your comments can be submitted electronically at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comments (PEPC) website at The comment period is open until January 5, 2018.

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.

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.