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Park service unveils upgrades for C&O Canal in Georgetown

The C&O Canal in Georgetown is one step closer to getting a massive upgrade.

The National Park Service, in partnership with nonprofit Georgetown Heritage, the District Office of Planning and the Georgetown Business Improvement District, is planning and designing the revitalization of the 1-mile stretch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park from the zero-mile marker in Georgetown to the Alexandria Aqueduct.

The plan will focus on addressing maintenance issues and accessibility concerns with the C&O Canal towpath; improving connections between Georgetown and the towpath; increasing signage and optimizing underutilized areas.

Updated draft concepts for the Georgetown Canal Plan were presented at a public workshop last week. They include new landscapes and creative spaces for educational programs and events. Other proposed updates include repair of the canal’s historic structures, a new mule yard, visitor center and improving access for people with mobility challenges.…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.