White's Ferry Development Concept Plan (Final)

The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a concept plan that outlines potential improvements within the 73-acre White's Ferry area that would provide new and enhanced public amenities for visitors to enjoy within the context of the site's ecological and historical setting along the Potomac River. The concept plan overall describes the project background, current conditions, environmental constraints, potential improvements, and steps needed to move toward implementation.

The Concept Plan outlines three potential concepts for the north tract and three potential concepts for the south tract. The activities and improvements identified in each concept could be implemented independently, or as part of a larger implementation strategy that cross multiple concepts. All concepts expand public access and provide new recreational opportunities, consider the site's location within the 100-year floodplain and ecological context along the Potomac River, offer compatibility with neighboring private properties, and reflect realistic operation and maintenance requirements of the NPS.

Concepts include options for the existing pavilion and surrounding grounds, options for new campsites, river access, and other visitor amenities such as toilets and potable water. A preferred concept, which could include a combination of improvements mixed-and-matched from different concepts, would be identified in the future through additional public and stakeholder engagement and the environmental and historical preservation compliance processes.
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