Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A late March snow should not push back the peak bloom dates.
The National Park Service (NPS) assured DC residents and visitors that the late March snow Monday should not impact the peak bloom of cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin, according to the Associated Press. NPS originally predicted a peak bloom from March 26-30 and later adjusted those dates to April 3-6. The 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This year's cherry blossom festival marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in DC.
The peak bloom for the 2013 cherry blossoms is expected to come March 26 through 30, the National Park Service announced Monday. The peak bloom is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open and the average peak bloom date is April 4. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan to the United States. In 1912, Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees of several varieties to Washington, DC. Many of those trees were planted around the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and on the White House property, according to the NPS. • Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter. The very first "Cherry Blossom Festival" was held in 1935 and continues annually. The 2013 …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The National Park Service says sequestration-related budget cuts could result in a reduced user experience.
The National Park Service cautions that impending sequestration budget cuts will result in a blow to local economies. There are 22 national parks in Virginia, which bring in $541 million annually, according to 2011 data. The Park Service conducts activities at areas and historic buildings along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria’s Ben Brenman Park, Parkfairfax Historic District, Town of Potomac (Del Ray) and Ramsay House in Old Town, to name a few. The National Park Service offers a list of its activities in the state. “People who visit parks need transportation, places to stay, and meals to eat – all of which support businesses and provide jobs in local communities,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
National Park Service says damaged bridge has been deemed unsafe.
The National Park Service has closed a portion on the Mount Vernon Trail due to damage to the wooden pedestrian bridge located just south of Ford’s Landing. Both sides of the bridge have been damaged and deemed unsafe. It is unclear at this time why the bridge sustained such damage. The Park Service advises Mount Vernon Trail users are advised to use Union, Franklin and Royal streets to connect to the Mount Vernon Trail. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The National Park Service is seeking public input on the placement of a potential boathouse along the Potomac River—including one site in Alexandria.
The National Park Service, already considering a boathouse zone along the Potomac in Washington, D.C., is now setting its sites on Arlington or Alexandria, too. On Tuesday, the Park Service will hold a public scoping meeting on "proposed siting and construction of a public facility for non-motorized boats on the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River," according to the project website. The meeting will be at Washington-Lee High School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Congress tasked the Park Service in 1998 with identifying sites in Arlington and in 2002 the agency published a feasibility study for the area. "The study examined building a facility, which included indoor storage space and floating docks at four possible locations—two on the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Kathryn Papp and Mark Mueller question the city's claim that the National Park Service supports the waterfront redevelopment plan.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
To the Editor: The Jan. 20, 2012 letter from the National Park Service (NPS) that discusses the Small Area Waterfront Plan only states “general support for the proposed 2011 Plan.” This is in contrast to what some have labeled an “endorsement.” In political language there is a huge gulf between the two. After speaking at length with Peter May, author of the NPS letter, he made it clear that his real concern was not to put an NPS imprimatur on the Plan, but to state the importance of NPS property interests. The political hay being made of the NPS “endorsement” is just that – only fodder for ruminating. Taken together with the letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the letter from former EPA Director Reilly, the most …