Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Seaport to National Park
—Georgetown Waterfront Park —
During America's early days, the Georgetown waterfront thrived as a port lined with wharves and seagoing vessels. It later became an industrial site. Now it is a National Park. How does an old port and industrial site become a National Park?
In the 1960s, the Georgetown waterfront was condemned for an interstate highway, which was never built. Planning began then to convert the waterfront into a park.
Progress slowed until, in 1985, the District of Columbia transferred the waterfront land to the National Park Service (NPS). Ten more years passed. Then in the late 1990s, a surge in interest brought a partnership that would highlight the Potomac's signature sport: rowing. The Georgetown Waterfront Park Commission, a volunteer organization, galvanized local residents, the rowing community, regional leaders, and the NPS in an effort which would bring the Park to fruition.
Senator Charles H. Percy was pivotal in the creation of the Georgetown Water Park. Senator Percy - a Georgetown resident, lover of the waterfront and supporter of local high school rowing - chaired the Georgetown Waterfront Park Commission that was so instrumental in the park's creation.
The Commission and its successor organization, the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park,
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 54.166′ N, 77° 3.886′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgetown Waterfront Park - Riverwalk ¼ mile south of K Street / Whitehurst Freeway (U.S. 29) when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is on the north bank of the Potomac River - below Georgetown's "Washington Harbor" complex which slopes down from K Street to the Waterfront Park where the hiker/biker trail follows the riverbank between the Francis Scott Key Bridge to the west and the Rock Creek Parkway to the east. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The City Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Industrial Georgetown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Forrest Marbury House Herman Hollerith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Scott Key Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Star-Spangled Banner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Scott Key (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. Georgetown Waterfront Park. (Submitted on May 30, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Charles H. Percy. (Submitted on June 3, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. urban renewal; Rock Creek; C&O Canal
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Sports • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.