Reduced hours for Rock Creek trail near zoo sparks pushback
A popular Rock Creek Park trail near the National Zoo reopened this month, but there’s a catch: it closes earlier than before.
Driving the news : The half-mile path — part of the Rock Creek Park trail for cyclists and pedestrians — reopened after four years of construction that included building a new bridge.
The trail opens at 7am, but closes at 5pm because it is now managed by the National Zoo, which closes around the same time.
- That forces bicyclists to detour through a “dangerously narrow sidewalk” in the Beach Drive Tunnel during evening rush hour, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association says.
What they’re saying: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said yesterday she plans to meet with zoo and National Park Service officials to “explore options to extend the trail hours.”
- “The zoo explained that the trail hours are tied to the zoo’s hours of operations to maintain accreditation with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, since the trail runs through the zoo’s secondary animal containment perimeter,” Norton said in a statement.
- The National Park Service did not return Axios' email seeking comment.
Go deeper: Check out DCist's trail map.
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