Big Slackwater Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: 10/13/2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Big Slackwater Boatramp
Dam 4 Road
Sharpsburg, MD
United States


It’s time to cut the ribbon and CELEBRATE the restoration of Big Slackwater!


C&O Canal National Historical Park invites you to the ribbon-cutting event at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 13 2012 to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the canal towpath area known as Big Slackwater.  The event will feature remarks from keynote speakers, period music and a celebratory first walk on the restored towpath.


Restoration of the Big Slackwater area is a culmination of more than 15 years of work by park staff, citizen stewards and park visitors.  This project reestablishes the continuity of the entire 184 ½ mile towpath.  Restoration of the towpath to its original alignment along the Potomac River and above Dam No. 4 not only eliminates the hazardous detour along narrow country roads but it restores the magnificent views and historic route walked by mules and canawlers.   


With little maintenance between 1924 and 1971 when the National Historical Park was created, this stretch of the towpath was particularly vulnerable to flood waters.  In 1996 two large floods dealt a devastating blow completely washing away long stretches of the towpath causing all towpath visitors to endure a 5-mile detour.  Since then the enormity of the erosion prevented the repairs to big Slackwater making it the only segment of the 184.5-mile canal towpath closed to park visitors.


The Big Slackwater restoration contract was over $19 million and was primarily funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Maryland Department of Transportation's Transportation Enhancement Program, with donations from the C&O Canal Association, Washington County, Town of Williamsport and the Hagerstown and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


For more information about the event and to RSVP please visit http://www.candocanalbigslackwater.com

Ceremony Parking Where: The Bowman Farm
15910 Cheneys Neck Road
Sharpsburg, MD
United States