Thursday, Sep 15, 2011
The National Park Service and the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park and District of Columbia officials have announced the completion of all phases of the Georgetown Waterfront Park, a 9.5-acre park located along the banks of the Potomac River in Georgetown.
The $24 million project completes a multi-decade effort to transform a former industrial complex to a premier, multi-use urban park. The park, designed by landscape architects Wallace Roberts & Todd of Philadelphia, is a strong example of a collaborative effort between the NPS, Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park and the District of Columbia government. The Georgetown Waterfront Park is the largest public park constructed in Washington, D.C. in 35 years and is an NPS Centennial Project.
Designed with a promenade along the shoreline, Georgetown Waterfront Park completes a continuous greenway of NPS land for more than 200 miles along the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland, through downtown Washington, D.C. and south to Mount Vernon, President George Washington's estate. Park features include a labyrinth with intertwined pathways, informal gardens, and an environmentally bio-engineered river edge that preserves native plants and enhances water quality, multi-use trails, and artwork.
New features in the just-completed Section 2 include a pergola, fountain, and a river stair to allow for viewing of the Potomac River and the many crew team regattas held there each year. Utilizing $4.5 million in NPS Centennial Initiative funding, expansive fundraising from the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park private donors and friends, a grant of $4.5 million and the transfer of the land from the D. C. government to the NPS, this urban oasis is a fitting tribute to the collaboration of multiple agencies and the public.
“We are delighted to celebrate this addition to Rock Creek Park. Members of the Georgetown community worked with park advocates, environmentalists, and other people from around the city for many years to make this a reality,” said Superintendent Tara Morrison. “The leadership of former National Capital Regional Directors Terry Carlstrom and Joseph Lawler, my predecessor at Rock Creek Park, Superintendent Adrienne Coleman and Deputy Superintendent Cindy Cox, former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, and former NPS Associate and Deputy Directors, John Parsons and Sally Blumenthal, among others, all were central to the development of this park.”