Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park

Upper Beach Drive

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Beginning in late April 2020, the National Park Service (NPS) increased socially-distanced recreational opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists on the northern section of Beach Drive by limiting drivers' access during weekdays. Many people visited and enjoyed the change; however 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, natural urban park in the national park system.

On July 8, 2021, the NPS will begin a public engagement process to learn how people would like to see the northern part of Beach Drive managed in the future. During the process, the NPS will maintain the closure to drivers and maintain current levels of access for pedestrians and bicyclists. We know the public is invested in this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation.

For more information, please click on the "Document List" link to the left. It contains a document, "National Park Service invites comments on future of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park - Public Meeting July 8, 2021", that further discusses the upcoming public meeting and the public comment period. which runs from July 8 through August 22, 2021.

Contact Information

Nick Bartolomeo
Chief of Resource Management
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-895-6010
Email: ncr_planning@nps.gov