Plans are in the works to produce the very first mile of the C&O Canal at Georgetown more inviting, and as part of that attempt, officials last week unveiled upgraded theories for its revitalization job in a community meeting. The National Park Service (NPS) and Georgetown Heritage, a nonprofit, are jointly developing the project with help from the D.C. Office of Planning and the Georgetown Business Improvement District. (Public opinion is currently open until May 11.)
The project is broken up into five chief areas: mile-marker zero at the Potomac River; the Rock Creek confluence; the guards; the market plazas; and the aqueduct. Among the changes are repairs to the historic structures of the canal, dedicated areas, a mule yard, and a new visitor centre. Presently, several points along the canal aren’t friendly to pedestrians or people with disabilities, and such points will be improved under those programs.