Public Meeting on the Plan to Reopen Upper Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park to Vehicular Traffic

Mon, 18 Jul 2022 22:30:00 GMT

The National Park Service is proposing to reopen the upper portion of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park to vehicular traffic after closing it for more than two years. The road would reopen on weekdays most of the year, but NPS wants to continue to close that stretch of road to cars from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Last year, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) requested banning cars on upper Beach Drive, as did the D.C. City Council.

Of the 2400 comments received during the initial comment period, over 76% of commenters supported full-year closure of the road to vehicular traffic; only 14% of commenters supported returning the road to vehicular use.

The NPS will host a live, virtual public meeting on July 18, 2022 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Join the Microsoft Teams meeting by clicking this link.

To connect via phone only dial, +1 202-640-1187, 146280403#. A recording of the meeting will also be available to view here after the meeting.