In March 2017, it was revealed that the same urban design and landscaping firm behind New York’s High Line would also redevelop Washington, D.C.’s C&O Canal. James Corner Field Operations will transform a one-mile section of the Georgetown canal into a community park. Recently, new renderings have been released, offering a glimpse as to what the canal may eventually look like.
There will be an aqueduct that will offer a new connection to the nearby boathouse, a new 34th Street Bridge with an elevator and ramps, a garden lounge, and grotto benches. There will also be a boardwalk, sky deck, and a resurfaced square. UrbanTurf further reported that the public should expect a regraded towpath, outdoor tables and seating, a relocated mule staging area, and renovations to the public restrooms.
There will also be a new visitor center and educational exhibits, a fishing pier and nature classrooms, and new bridges to Rock Creek Park. According to UrbanTurf, there may also be a floating classroom.
For more renderings of the project, be sure to check out UrbanTurf.
• A First Look at Design Concepts for the Georgetown Canal [UrbanTurf]