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The project is broken up into five major regions: mile-marker zero at the Potomac River; the Rock Creek confluence; the locks; the market plazas; and the aqueduct. Among the prospective modifications are fixes to the historic structures of the canal, dedicated a visitor centre, a mule yard, along with areas. Several points along the canal are not friendly to pedestrians or individuals and such points would be improved under the plans.



James Corner Field Operations project Involves mule yard, improved access, and canal structures

Last week, officials allowed water to leak back into portions of the canal to test recently rebuilt Locks 4 and 3″in preparation for its eventual return of a reproduction canal,” in accordance with NPS and Georgetown Heritage. Below are the job options that were introduced at the community meeting. Funds must nevertheless be secured for the project.


Plans are in the works to produce the very first mile of the C&O Canal in Georgetown more encouraging, and as part of the effort, officials last week unveiled upgraded concepts for its revitalization project in a community meeting. (Public comment is now open until May 11.)



The project is being designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm that shaped New York’s High Line and Cleveland’s Public Square, one of the projects. At the C&O Canal, the team plans to”focus on addressing deferred maintenance problems and relevant security and accessibility concerns connected with the towpath; improving connections between Georgetown and the [canal] towpath; [and] enhancing visitor experience through enhanced signage and optimizing underutilized areas,” notes a job overview. Following finalizing the concept choices, the team will prepare a necessary environmental assessment.