|Upper Beach Drive Management Public Scoping
|Jul 8, 2021
This is a
virtual meeting on
Microsoft Teams live from Washington,
District of Columbia
The National Park Service (NPS) wants to hear how you would like to see the northern part of Beach Drive NW in Rock Creek Park managed in the future. On July 8, the NPS will host a virtual public meeting and begin a public engagement process to inform the future management of the section of Beach Drive that runs from Broad Branch Road NW to the Maryland border.
Note: A recording of the meeting is available to view at
Beginning in late April 2020, the NPS temporarily increased socially-distanced recreational opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists on the northern section of Beach Drive NW and adjoining park roads by limiting drivers' access during weekdays. Ross Drive NW and Sherrill Drive NW were also temporarily closed. Bingham Drive NW has been closed for construction.
"We look forward to hearing people's thoughts on the future of Beach Drive," Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn said. "We recognize that making any long-term change to the way we manage this part of Beach Drive would affect people who use, enjoy and care about Rock Creek Park - the oldest, urban park in the National Park System."
To inform how it will manage this section of Beach Drive NW, the NPS will complete a public engagement process and environmental assessment. At the public meeting on July 8, NPS staff will present a range of alternatives for potential changes to northern Beach Drive NW, including an alternative for no change. Using the public feedback we receive, the NPS will further refine the alternatives. This fall, NPS staff will present refined alternatives, along with an analysis of the impacts in the environmental assessment and again ask the public for feedback.
During this process, the NPS will continue to temporarily limit drivers' access to this section of Beach Drive NW.
The NPS has closed the northern section of Beach Drive to cars on weekends and holidays since the 1960s. Prior to the COVID-19 public health crisis, traffic in this section of Beach Drive varied between approximately 5,500-8,000 vehicles per weekday. By comparison, the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway averaged approximately 50,000 vehicles per weekday.
We invite the public's continued interest in this issue, and we look forward to the conversation.