BOATHOUSE ZONE EA ACTION PLAN
The map below is from Figure 3 on page 14 of the Georgetown Nonmotorized Boathouse Zone Development Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA), July 28, 2016. It shows proposals under the EA's action alternative. The Alexandria Aqueduct, near the center of the map, and the area upriver from the Aqueduct, are part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
EARLIER IMAGES AND MAPS
2015 Environmental Assessment (EA) Preliminary Alternatives: The effects on the C&O Canal National Historical Park of the EA's three preliminary development alternatives are shown below. The images are details from maps included in a National Park Service newsletter that presents the proposals. The newsletter may be viewed on the NPS project website. (Click on the images to enlarge them.)
The newsletter map below is annotated in blue to show which section of the boathouse zone is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
Alternative Sites: Better locations for construction within the boathouse zone exist downriver from the C&O Canal National Historical Park, where there is easier street access and little intrusion on historical and environmental assets. The images below depict a new boathouse as it might appear located downstream from Key Bridge in Georgetown. The design is by Frank Morgan and the photo montage is by Dave Winer. (Presentation of this alternative does not necessarily imply that any particular site is endorsed by any individual or group associated with this web site.)
In addition to sites in Georgetown, rowing facilities might possibly be built or enlarged along the Anacostia River or on the Virginia side of the Potomac. These websites are relevant: Anacostia Community Boathouse and Arlington County and Vicinity Rowing Facility.
Looking back to 2006: The wooded shore of the C&O Canal National Historical Park upriver from the historic Washington Canoe Club is shown in the top photo below. Below that is a simulation of the scene if Georgetown University's boathouse proposal had prevailed. The image is cropped from the 2006 draft Environmental Assessment in which it was listed as the "preferred alternative." The proposal attracted strong public opposition and was eventually dropped.