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Portion of Georgetown’s C&O Canal to become community park

The mastermind behind the project is James Corner Field Operations

C&O Canal Photo via Aaron Garza

A one-mile section of Georgetown’s C&O Canal is planned to become a brand new green space in Washington, D.C., designed by New York urban design and landscaping firm James Corner Field Operations.

In a statement, James Corner, founder and director of James Corner Field Operations, said, “The Georgetown section of the C&O Canal NHP should be a landmark park for everyone, 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.”

With hopes to “preserve and improve” the different elements of the C&O Canal, the goal in the end is to maximize the park’s educational, recreational, and aesthetic potential.

According to press release, the design team is composed of MakeDC, Robert Silman Associates, ETM Associates, and Dharam Consulting.

There will be a meet-and-greet reception with the design team on March 29 at 6 p.m. at Foley & Lardner, located at Suite 500 in 3000 K Street NW. If interested in coming, the public is asked to RSVP via email to This will be an introductory meeting, not a public design and comment meeting.

The last project in D.C. that was designed by James Corner Field Operations was the National Building Museum’s 2016 summer installation, ICEBERGS.