George Washington Memorial Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway The George Washington Memorial Parkway was designed as a "comprehensive park, parkway, and playground system of the National Capital." It includes a scenic road, trails for hiking and biking, historic monuments, and stunning natural areas.
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Today, the National Park Service (NPS) reopened the rehabilitated Arlington Memorial Bridge to drivers, pedestrians and ...
12/04/2020

Today, the National Park Service (NPS) reopened the rehabilitated Arlington Memorial Bridge to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Arlington Memorial Bridge has served as a monument to the sacrifices and valor of our nation’s military personnel since its dedication in 1932. The $227 million rehabilitation project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in NPS history. Throughout rehabilitation of Arlington Memorial Bridge, the NPS took special care to protect Arlington Memorial Bridge’s historic architecture while enhancing its iconic appearance. Since work began in fall 2018, construction workers methodically removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstalled more than 2,300 pieces of granite and rehabilitated the bridge’s historic structure.

#morethanabridge #arlingtonmemorialbridge #georgewashingtonmemorialparkway

11/13/2020
Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States

An update video from the Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States on the work being done for the rehabilitation of the Netherlands Carillon.

Ambassador André Haspels and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Charles Cuvelier visit the #NetherlandsCarillon on the one-year anniversary of its renovation for an update on the project. #75YearsFreedom🇺🇸🇳🇱

Learn more: https://nlintheusa.com/inspection-visit-carillon/

Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!  The Marines were founded on this day in 1775.  The George Washington Memorial ...
11/10/2020

Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! The Marines were founded on this day in 1775. The George Washington Memorial Parkway is honored to care for the US Marine Corps War Memorial, which honors all the Marines who have sacrificed their lives over the past 245 years.

To commemorate Veterans Day and honor those who have served in the military, National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for ALL visitors on November 11. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt previously announced that beginning on Veterans Day, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas into perpetuity. These areas include our magnificent national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other lands and waters managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters.

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm

Image: Sun light streams through the Marine Corps War Memorial on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. NPS/Mark Maloy

#FindYourPark #MilitaryMondayPlus

“I knew the second I saw it that it was none of the species I had ever seen before in the park, and probably none of the...
10/26/2020
New Beetle Species Named after Alexandria Resident James Sherald

“I knew the second I saw it that it was none of the species I had ever seen before in the park, and probably none of the species known from the Eastern United States” said Brent Steury, Natural Resources Program Manager for the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Read more about a recent exciting find at Turkey Run Park!

“I knew the second I saw it that it was none of the species I had ever seen before in the park, and probably none of the species known from the Eastern United States” said Brent Steury, Natural Resources Program Manager for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, a National Park site in Fairfax ...

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Walk your dog along Mount Vernon Trail or Great Falls Park for some extra ...
09/22/2020

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Walk your dog along Mount Vernon Trail or Great Falls Park for some extra time to appreciate the special bond between you and your pup.

As a responsible dog owner, always take the time to clean up your dog’s waste. This is an important step in caring for your dog, and it can help to prevent bacteria from entering local water systems. For more information on responsible dog ownership visit www.akc.org.

We want your feedback about our Chesapeake Bay and Local Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plans as part of the Vir...
09/16/2020
National Park Service - PEPC - TMDL Reports (for public review)

We want your feedback about our Chesapeake Bay and Local Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plans as part of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program.

You have the opportunity to provide feedback on our draft action plans online from September 16 until October 2, 2020 at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/tmdlreports. These efforts are aimed at improving the quality of stormwater entering the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, and public input helps these programs to be even more relevant and successful.

National Park Service - PEPC - TMDL Reports (for public review)

09/05/2020
Great Falls Park

OTD at Great Falls Park

One hundred ninety-one years ago, Captain George Pointer sent a 12 page petition to the new directors of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. His historic letter was in protest of the canals proposed construction path. The new canal threatened to flood his home of over 40 years, and would have rendered himself and his wife, Elizabeth, destitute. So, the 57 year old former slave wrote a biographical petition which chronicled his life and career as an exceptional canal worker for the original Patowmack Canal Company.

Learn more on our website:

https://www.nps.gov/grfa/learn/historyculture/captain-george-pointer.htm

08/31/2020
Clara Barton: Suffragist

Clara Barton is best known for caring for wounded soldiers in the Civil War and founding the American Red Cross, but she was also active in the woman's suffrage movement. Park Ranger Susan Philpott, from Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, shares more. The historic Red Cross doors in the background were Clara Barton's office doors, in what is now the Clara Barton National Historic Site.

07/28/2020

The Swamp Trail on Theodore Roosevelt Island remains closed for repairs and will reopen on Wednesday (July 29) in the afternoon. Thanks for your patience.
Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

07/28/2020

Please be aware that the Swamp Trail on Theodore Roosevelt Island will be temporarily closed today (July 28) for repair work. Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Fort Hunt Park, one of the many parks managed by the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is now known for its picnic are...
07/03/2020
Fort Hunt Oral History Project - PO Box 1142

Fort Hunt Park, one of the many parks managed by the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is now known for its picnic areas, open fields, and trails, but it has a very complex history. The park sits along the Potomac River and was once a part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The property was eventually acquired by the U.S. Military in the 1890s and utilized the for different purposes through the 1920s. After being turned over to the National Park Service, the property became a park, but during World War II, it was temporarily returned to the War Department as a “defense camp.” It became the location of a secret military installation named PO Box 1142. During this time, highly classified intelligence programs for communicating with American prisoners of war in European camps and interrogations of high level prisoners took place at PO Box 1142. The records of this intelligence project remained classified for many years after World War II. In the early 2000s, National Park Service staff began researching the recently declassified documents, which led park staff to begin interviewing the veterans that participated in the intelligence programs while stationed at PO Box 1142. This incredible oral history is available online for the public.

If you’d like to hear the real life accounts of the veterans that worked at PO Box 1142, check out the website https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/FOHU_oral_history/index.html#Intro. New interviews with transcripts will be uploaded shortly. Please keep an eye on the website for additional updates in the future!

06/19/2020
Virtual Juneteenth Commemoration 2020

We hope you enjoy this virtual program, and special musical performances by Sweet Something. This was pre-recorded at Theodore Roosevelt Island Plaza, where Civil War era Camp Greene was the training site for the 1st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops. When the 1st Regiment departed for battle, the site continued as a camp for escaped enslaved refugee/contrabands.

We look forward to hosting in person events like this again in the future. However, in the meantime, we would love to answer questions, and continue this conversation with you in the comments section below.

06/18/2020

We hope you enjoy this virtual program, and special musical performances by Sweet Something. This was pre-recorded at Theodore Roosevelt Island Plaza, where Civil War era Camp Greene was the training site for the 1st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops. When the 1st Regiment departed for battle, the site continued as a camp for escaped enslaved refugee/contrabands.

We look forward to hosting in person events like this again in the future. However, in the meantime, we would love to answer questions, and continue this conversation with you in the comments section below.

George Washington Memorial Parkway is following up last years 400 years of African American History Commemoration with a...
06/17/2020

George Washington Memorial Parkway is following up last years 400 years of African American History Commemoration with a virtual Juneteenth musical performance by local Jazz ensemble, Sweet Something. Their recorded performance of three classic American poems will be premiering here on Friday Morning at 11 AM. The content will also be available on our website shortly afterward.

In alignment with guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, George Washington Memorial Parkway will begin providing ac...
05/30/2020
George Washington Memorial Parkway will increase access to parking lots and restrooms - George Washington Memorial Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)

In alignment with guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, George Washington Memorial Parkway will begin providing access to parking areas and restrooms along the parkway on May 29. Most parking areas and restrooms will be reopened by June 3. Read more here:

McLean, Va. – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, George Washington Memorial Parkway will increase recreational access by reopening parking lots and restrooms that were closed because of the COVID...

05/25/2020
National Park Service

This Memorial Day remember all the U.S. Marines who have sacrificed their lives for the country since 1775. The memorial in Arlington, Virginia is preserved by the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation's gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. Learn about the history of the US Marine Corps War Memorial, and the inspiration for and creation of one of the most iconic memorials in America.

#MemorialDay #FindYourPark George Washington Memorial Parkway

Audio descibed version available at https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/historyculture/us-marine-corps-war-memorial-videos.htm

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity! The George Washington Memorial Parkway has a wide array of biol...
05/22/2020

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity! The George Washington Memorial Parkway has a wide array of biological organisms throughout the park, including beetles. Did you know that the George Washington Memorial Parkway is home to at least 209 kinds of rove beetles? Fifty-two species, plus five additional genera, documented from the Parkway are also the first records for Virginia. Rove beetles are often characterized by their hardened forewings, or elytra, that don't fully cover their abdomens like those of other beetles. Learn more about #biodiversity in the national parks on our website! https://www.nps.gov/subjects/biodiversity/index.htm.

#OTD, May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. The organization has a long tradition...
05/21/2020

#OTD, May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. The organization has a long tradition of humanitarian service that was initially inspired by the work and experiences of Ms. Barton. While she was living in Europe, she was exposed to the work of the International Red Cross and knew that kind of organization was needed in the United States. After she returned home to the U.S., she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. She led the organization for 23 years and during that time, the organization was responsible for 18 peacetime relief efforts and relief work during the Spanish-American War. Under Barton’s leadership, the American Red Cross also assisted survivors of many disasters, including the Johnstown Flood, the Sea Islands, South Carolina and Galveston, Texas hurricanes, and provided famine relief in Russia, Turkey and Armenia. Barton’s preferred approach to disaster/war relief was “hands on” but many opposed this style of fieldwork. After a lot of push back to her leadership style, she resigned from her role as head of the American Red Cross May 14, 1904.

The George Washington Memorial Parkway today preserves and interprets the building that served as both her final residence and the headquarters for the American Red Cross in Glen Echo, Maryland. The American Red Cross is still very active today and continues to work towards its mission to “... prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

Come color with Clara Barton during museum week as we explore some key moments from her life through museum artifacts an...
05/14/2020

Come color with Clara Barton during museum week as we explore some key moments from her life through museum artifacts and personal items associated with Miss Barton and the early American Red Cross! Feel free to print off these images and color them. A color adventure awaits! To learn more about the original Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton, and learn more about some of these objects, please visit https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/clba/index.html
#museummomentsMW

Celebrated the first full week in May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor th...
05/08/2020

Celebrated the first full week in May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. During this week, we express our gratitude to our staff for their continuing dedication to mission, service, and stewardship, even in these difficult times.

Here at George Washington Memorial Parkway we have 3 employees each with over 39 years of public service! Our dedicated staff and volunteers have many reasons why they have chosen to be public servants. Among those reasons are their belief in the mission of the National Park Service, their family traditions of service, and their desire to give back to their community and country. For all these reasons and more, thank you!

04/28/2020
Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States

Another update about the work on the Netherlands Carillon!

We spoke in February with Edward Nassor about his time as director-carillonneur of the Netherlands Carillon and how the project to renovate it and add three bells will broaden the musical range of the instrument. George Washington Memorial Parkway #75YearsFreedom

The carillon is in Arlington, Va., just across the Potomac River from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Learn more: http://nlintheusa.com/carillon/

If you like to bring your dog to one of the sites along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, we encourage you to beco...
04/26/2020
BARK Rangers - Pets (U.S. National Park Service)

If you like to bring your dog to one of the sites along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, we encourage you to become a “B.A.R.K.” Ranger. Learn the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a safe and fun visit. The four principles are:

Bag your pet’s waste
Always leash your pet
Respect wildlife
Know where you can go

#NationalParkWeek #BarkRanger

Some parks rely on a corps of volunteers to promote safe and fun visits to parks and help you understand how pets impact park resources.

This year we are celebrating the healing power of the outdoors, by safely enjoying nature in our homes, backyards, neigh...
04/25/2020
Wellness in Nature (U.S. National Park Service)

This year we are celebrating the healing power of the outdoors, by safely enjoying nature in our homes, backyards, neighborhoods, and nearby parks and trails. We encourage everyone to enjoy nature while practicing social distancing in line with current CDC guidelines. We are also putting a spotlight on and thanking our Healthcare Heroes serving on the front lines.
#NationalParkWeek #ParkRx #HealthyParksHealthyPeople

Today is Friendship Friday!  One of the park sites managed by the George Washington Memorial Parkway is the Netherlands ...
04/24/2020
Netherlands Carillon to be restored and elevated to ‘grand carillon’ status - George Washington Memorial Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)

Today is Friendship Friday! One of the park sites managed by the George Washington Memorial Parkway is the Netherlands Carillon, which from its very beginnings, embodied friendship. The carillon (a bell tower) has emblazoned on it the phrase: "From the People of the Netherlands to the People of the United States." This simple dedication expresses the gratitude of the Dutch people for American aid received during and after World War II. The carillon itself symbolizes a friendship between the people of two countries, a friendship so rooted in a common allegiance to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy that it can weather any temporary differences of opinion. That friendship continues to this very day, as the National Park Service is currently working collaboratively with the Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States to have the carillon rehabilitated. Learn more about this rehabilitation effort on our website.

#NationalParkWeek #FriendshipFriday #NPSFriends

Arlington, Va.— The National Park Service (NPS) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands today celebrated the start of a project to restore the Netherlands Carillon and add three bells to elevate its status to “grand carillon.”

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gorgeous sunrise as the fog quickly burned off
Anyone knows what’s up with Roaches Run lake? One corner shallow water with lily pads were fenced off by net (half submerged sticks were inserted into the mud of the lake) to people. Turtle and fish could get tangled in the net.
Happy early Founder’s Day, GWMP! It was a glorious day for Roosevelt Island parkrun and we loved celebrating our favorite public lands! We’ve definitely found our park.
Where does one go to get REAL up-to-date info on the Sunday night concerts at Ft Hunt Park? It wasn't raining at our place, and I saw nothing on the web site, but when we got to the park we saw a cancellation sign.
Collecting insects can be tricky, but learn how resources managers in our Park are managing to do it with a Malaise trap. Learn more about how collecting insects is just one step in this scientific research:
Lots of trash & bulk items on TR Island & Little Island from all the rain we’ve had this season. Among the notable finds: *Part of a boat console *Construction barrel *Porta-Pottie holding tank 😷
LOST DOG - Max My name is Meghan and live in Afton, VA. Our dog was lost the evening of June 28 and was last seen around Afton Mountain Road. He ran away with his brother dog who was found the following morning at the South Entrance of the Shenandoah Park. We feel strongly Max is lost in the national forest somewhere. His name is Max, a wire haired terrier mix and weighs around 45 pounds. He is wearing a blue collar with name tag and is up to date on all vaccines. He is very shy to people he does not know and loud noises, but it very sweet and would not harm a fly. He may not come if you call him but please let us know if you see him as soon as possible. Thank you for your help, Meghan 843.452.3538 703.915.4485
Do some of the GWMP parks close trails (or close entirely) when the water is like this? Is TR Island open? (June 5)
can anyone provide any information regarding the parks and sports fields closures due to the weather?
There's a tree down blocking the Mt Vernon Trail just southeast of the TR Island parking lot. Please clear asap!
I've only ONE question, When will the much needed, long over-due repairs and roadwork be done on the George Washington Memorial Parkway..???
@ngsgwp is one of the prettiest drives in the DC metro; such a joy