NPS Meeting on Boathouse Zone, December 13, 2011
The National Park Service held a public meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, concerning a study on the feasibility of a non-motorized boathouse zone along the Georgetown waterfront. The meeting took place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Washington Harbor, 3050 K St., NW, Suite 200.
Announced topics to be discussed included "potential land exchanges for private development of boathouses." Therefore, the Defenders coalition urged attendance by everyone concerned to protect the C&O Canal National Historical Park from intrusive development.
NPS originally announced the meeting in a message reproduced at the end of this page. Subsequently, the agency published a newsletter providing additional information, including a map of the zone under consideration. NPS also posted a webpage on the zone study.
An NPS message on the morning of Dec. 13 indicated that the agency would accept public comments made through the webpage until approximately the end of March 2012. The message also announced: "Other than the website, there will be other opportunities to provide input. In February 2012, the NPS will be holding a planning workshop where the public will have the opportunity to provide additional comment and help the NPS explore how best to accommodate the many uses and users in the area."
The meeting included a slide presentation and remarks by: Peter May, Associate Regional Director of NPS' National Capital Region; Tara Morrison, Superintendent of Rock Creek Park; Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park; and members of the Louis Berger Group, a consulting firm assisting the feasibility study.
National Park Service message:
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
FEASIBILITY STUDY TO IMPLEMENT A NON-MOTORIZED BOATHOUSE ZONE ALONG THE GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT
CHESAPEAKE & OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK AND ROCK CREEK PARK
The National Park Service will conduct a public information meeting on December 13, 2011 regarding a feasibility study to examine implementation of a non-motorized boathouse zone along the District of Columbia's side of the Potomac River waterfront in Georgetown. The NPS will study the structures and facilities related to non-motorized boat usage, including rowing, canoeing and kayaking, that can be accommodated within this zone (project area), as well as other uses, such as cycling and passive recreation. This study will lay the groundwork for future decision-making regarding (1) scenarios for development/improvement of NPS facilities or potential land exchanges for private development of boathouses, and (2) further planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance as necessary to implement the non-motorized boathouse zone.
The meeting will consist of an open house with a short presentation. NPS staff will be on hand to visit with you and answer questions.
The public open house will be held between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Washington Harbor, 3050 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20007.
For further information or if you have special needs to be accommodated during this public open house please contact: Tammy Stidham, National Capital Region at (202) 619-7474
[Message received November 21, 2011]