Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Groups pitch in to restore C&O Canal National Park

April 23, 2008, 8:59 am

Warm temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted the more than 70 volunteers who showed up Saturday at Great Falls Park in Potomac to participate in the kickoff of C&O Canal Pride Days.

Businesses, Girl Scout troops, school groups and individuals gathered to take on much needed restoration and maintenance projects within the C&O Canal Park. The projects are part of an initiative launched in part by the C&O Canal Trust, a group geared toward raising funds and awareness for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The group aims to enlist 1,000 volunteers to take on more than 100 projects within the park over the course of a month during C&O Canal Pride Days. The effort is co-sponsored by the National Park Service.