On The Look Out

Georgetown Canal Plan Shared with Community

April 7, 2019

Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service (NPS) shared updated draft concepts for the Georgetown Canal Plan at a public workshop on April  4, 2019.

(Photo by: Lauren Boston)

From inviting landscapes to creative spaces for educational programs and events, the draft concepts show a rejuvenated and reimagined first mile of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) through Georgetown. 

(Photo by: Lauren Boston)

The public is invited to review the concepts online and provide feedback through May 11, 2019. 


Following a presentation, meeting participants viewed the draft concept posters up-close, asked questions and shared their vision for the C&O Canal. 

(Photo by: Lauren Boston)

Highlights of the updated concepts include: Repair and rehabilitation of the canal’s historic structures and cultural landscape in Georgetown. Improved educational spaces, canal and lock models, a mule yard and a new visitor center. New spaces to relax, get active and socialize along the canal. Easier access for people with mobility challenges. Participants were asked to consider the following questions as they viewed the draft concepts: Does this achieve the vision and goals? What are you most excited about? Did we miss an opportunity?


Since the last public comment period, the NPS and Georgetown Heritage developed an interpretation and education plan for the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal, which, in addition to prior public comments, has greatly informed the revised concepts. 

(Photo by: Lauren Boston)

The NPS also completed the reconstruction and repair of Locks 3 and 4. Just last week, the canal was re- watered to test the new lock gates in preparation for the eventual return of a reproduction canal boat. These concepts and the feedback received from the community will shape the plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to reimagine, restore and revitalize a mile-long section of the C&O Canal. 


The NPS and Georgetown Heritage are undertaking this project with support from the D.C. Office of Planning and the Georgetown BID. 

(Photo by: Lauren Boston)

How to Comment

Public comments will be accepted through May 11 via the NPS’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comments (PEPC) website at or by mail to: Superintendent C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters Office Attention: Georgetown Canal Plan 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100 Hagerstown, MD 21740 


For more information about Georgetown Heritage and the NPS’s shared vision to restore, revitalize and reimagine the first mile of the Canal, visit Georgetown Heritage.


About the Georgetown Canal Plan 

The National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage are partners in restoring, reimagining and revitalizing a one-mile section of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park, which begins with a comprehensive plan. The Georgetown Canal Plan, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, will be developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), ensuring the park’s natural and cultural resources are carefully considered and protected. Funding for the Georgetown Canal Plan comes from the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and private philanthropy. A combination of public and private sources will fund the implementation of the plan. 


About C&O Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, one of America’s 419 national parks, preserves and interprets the park’s history and natural resources while inspiring adventure and outdoor recreation. Each year nearly 5 million people enjoy the opportunities for fun and learning that the 184.5-mile-long park has to offer. 

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New Survey Contains Surprising Findings About Community Hopes For Jelleff

April 1, 2019

The results of a recent survey on the Jelleff Community Center showed strong support for fitness and exercise programs for all ages as well as community programming compliment traditional organized soccer and basketball needs.


Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a meeting on May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Georgetown Library to update the comunity and hear from residents about Jelleff's planned renovation. 

Elizabeth Miller and Kishan Putta (Photo by: Elizabeth Miller) Elizabeth Miller and Kishan Putta


A diverse group of more than four hundred community members participated in a survey about the future of the Jelleff Community Center.  The survey found a series of insights that could inform the upcoming renovation.  Those include:

  • More than 50% wanted Jelleff to include Yoga, fitness and other exercise classes and spaces.
  • Just over 30% expressed strong support for basketball and soccer facilities.
  • 20% wanted more general community related programming ranging from photography to art classes to movie screenings and senior wellness.

“If we take a close look at the survey, it is clear that we should be thinking more broadly about exercise, fitness and community programming as a way to serve the most residents and make Jelleff as vibrant as possible,” said ANC Commissioner Elizabeth Miller. 


“This survey is intended to inform DPR about the community’s needs and priorities.  The Georgetown community deserves a modernized rec center and seems to want a multipurpose space that serves residents of all ages,” added ANC Commissioner Kishan Putta.


Taken over six weeks in the winter of 2019, 411 residents filled out the survey via Survey Monkey.  More than 85% of respondents lived in 20007 zip code, the other 15% were in neighboring zip codes.  65% of respondents were between the ages of 35-64 and nearly all had children.  20% were ages 64+.


Below are a selection of comments registered by survey participants:


“Would love to make this a REAL community space!”


“It is important to focus on making this a strong community resource providing as best possible a safe place with a full range of activity spaces for ages pre-K through seniors.”


“It is imperative that Jelleff be a multi-generational facility.  Now it is only geared to youth.  We have so many seniors in this neighborhood, and we have a need for programs.”


“Jelleff needs to be rebranded as open to the community.  It feels like a private gym and the activities on their fields/courts always seem associated with private leagues.”


“Thanks for surveying the community.”

“Very excited to see what the future holds for Jelleff!” 

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Zilia Sánchez at The Phillips Collection

February 7, 2019

The Phillips Collection presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana) from February 16 through May 19, 2019.


The exhibition, I Am an Island, serves as a personal metaphor for Sanchez's experience as an islander—connected to and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.


Sánchez’s artistic journey is traced from her early days in Cuba to her extended visits to Europe and residence in New York, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology (such as Trojans, Amazonians, and Antigone—all warriors and female heroines). 

Others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies, and tattoo drawings that map physical and psychological spaces and add another dimension to her curvilinear geometry, rich with metaphorical meaning.


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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