C&O Canal Restoration Kick-Off Oct. 5

Photo by georgetowndc.com

Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service are kicking off a multi-year restoration of the first mile of the C&O Canal in Georgetown at noon on Wednesday, October 5 at Lock 4 (Thomas Jefferson Street), as Georgetown community members and officials wave goodbye to the old Georgetown boat.

 

Mules will tow away the Georgetown, which operated as a popular attraction on the Canal until 2011, one last time before it is disassembled at Fletcher’s Cove. National Park Service staff, city officials, and community leaders will also begin the draining of Lock 3 before sharing plans to restore, revitalize and re-imagine this historic one-mile section of the park.

 

The send-off marks the first phase of the restoration project, October 2016 through April 2018, which will include repairs to Locks 3 and 4, a new boat, and the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan to guide further revitalization of the park.