Sep
18

Neighborhood Narratives: Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park, established under President Harrison in 1890, is home to over 1,700 acres of natural area along Rock Creek that bisects the northwestern urban areas of Washington, D.C. Administered by the National Park Service, the park also contains several public facilities including two outdoor gyms, a golf course, a tennis stadium which hosts major professional events, a nature center and planetarium, an outdoor concert venue, picnic and playground areas, Pierce Mill’s museum and educational building, equestrian facilities, and the Thompson Boat Center which provides access to the Potomac River.

The legislative language used and character of the park suggests that it is among the oldest of America’s national parks. Most significantly, Rock Creek Park provides a natural-based playground for runners, hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts while gracing the neighborhoods around its perimeter with much appreciated green space.