The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

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June News

Congratulations C&O Canal Volunteers-in-Parks Program! 

The C&O Canal won the George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Program in the National Capital Region! Volunteers, thank you for your dedication to the volunteer groups that compose the C&O Canal National Historical Park VIP program. Not only did the C&O Canal win the Outstanding Volunteer Program category, the park also had a winner in the group category! The Canal Steward Program is now an award winning program. Thanks to all volunteers and staff who make this volunteer program a success!

Official press releases:  The following are official press releases submitted recently by the office of the superintendent:

Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Re-Opens

Williamsport, MD. – The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (Park), is pleased to announce that the bridge serving the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp is complete and access to the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp has been restored. The bridge superstructure and deck were removed and replaced to raise the bridge’s load rating.
The park wishes to thank visitors for their patience during the short construction closure and invites the public to once again safely enjoy the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp.  For more information on boat ramps serving the Potomac River visit http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/boatramps.asp. 

Repairs slated to begin on towpath near Cumberland

Cumberland MD. – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce that repairs to the towpath just upstream of Evitts Creek Aqueduct near Mile Post 181.2 will begin in February.  A large washout that has threatened towpath continuity for some time will be repaired by CSX Corporation.  CSX’s construction contractor will be working closely with C&O Canal staff to ensure the safety of park visitors as they make repairs.  The temporary pedestrian bridge that has spanned the washed out towpath for so many years will be removed.

While the park and towpath will remain open in this area during construction, visitors should expect to experience delays, possibly up to 15 minutes.  The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area and obey all posted signs for their safety.  The construction is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

CSX to perform work near Lock 74

Cumberland MD. – CSX Corporation will be replacing the railroad bridge crossing the Potomac River near historic Lift Lock 74 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal). The work will begin later this month and last approximately 18 months.  For the safety and convenience of park visitors to this area CSX will install a temporary parking lot adjacent to historic Lift Lock 75. CSX will install a new vehicular bridge across Lift Lock 74, River Road.  The new bridge will serve public traffic on River Road and provide access for heavy equipment necessary to replace the railroad bridge.  CSX’s construction contractor will be working closely with the C&O Canal to ensure the safety of park visitors as they install the temporary lot at Lock 75 and new vehicular bridge over Lift Lock 74. 

Although the C&O Canal towpath and River Road will remain open in this area during construction, visitors should exercise caution and expect to experience minor delays, possibly up to 15 minutes.  The park is asking the public to obey all posted signs in the work area for their safety. 

Wishing you a happy April!  Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to get involved with the VIP program in the park.  We encourage you to apply now for positions so that you can get trained and start volunteering at the beginning of the spring season. Also, be sure to take a walk on the towpath and observe the variety of woodland flowers. Looking forward and seeing you at the Canal Pride Days events! 

 

Give Back to The Park You Love

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has many opportunities for our visitors who are interested in volunteering for the park. Whether your interest is in living history, bike patrolling, park maintenance, or staffing a visitor center, the C&O Canal has many rewarding volunteer jobs.

Throughout the country, thousands of individuals assist the National Park Service by volunteering their time and talents. These people who work side-by-side in partnership with NPS employees are called Volunteers in Parks, or VIPs. VIPs care about the parks- their past, present, and future- and care about the people who come to visit the parks.

Wherever they work, whatever their job, VIPs help the park service in its challenging mission: To conserve the parks’ natural and historical resources and to provide for their enjoyment in a way that will leave them unimpaired for future generations. Volunteer opportunities available at the C&O Canal National Historical Park are listed under “Get Involved”.

Check back with us regularly for upcoming volunteer opportunities! Give back to the park you enjoy, love, or want to improve!