Rock Creek Park (October 6, 2019)
Having finished walking the neighborhood streets of Ward 3, we made our first journey into Rock Creek Park. Unfortunately, the roads inside the park had no sidewalks which made the walk precarious at times, with cars closely passing by. That being the case, we have decided to start walking some of the many forest pathways that meander through the Park rather than the roads. The exception being parts of Beach Drive which are closed to traffic on weekends.
Rock Creek Park was established in 1890 and is the third oldest national park in the United States. It consists of over 1700 acres of beautiful forest along the Rock Creek Valley which bisects Northwest Washington and continues on into Maryland. It also includes a number of recreational facilities. These include a public golf course, a tennis stadium, an outdoor concert venue, a nature center and a planetarium.
It is an incredible resource for Ward 3’s residents, who within minutes of their homes can find themselves hiking along a forest trail. It is easy to imagine that you are far from the city and not just a short distance away from the surrounding suburbs.