Part of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in Georgetown is slated for a makeover.
Curbed DC tells us New York urban design and landscaping firm James Corner Field Operations has announced its plan to remake a one-mile section of the canal into a new green space.
James Corner Field Operations is the same firm behind the High Line rails-to-trails project in New York that transformed its surrounding neighborhoods.
The firm imagines the park as “a lively center for social gatherings, a continuous link for recreation and contemplation, a connector of neighborhoods and networks, and a model for urban livability and human health and wellbeing.”
The entire C&O Canal runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland. The one-mile swath of the canal that runs through Georgetown gives visitors a glimpse of the neighborhood’s colonial roots, but efforts to improve the aesthetic, safety, and accessibility of the park have been underway for awhile.