Washington Monument State Park To Re-Open Friday
Heavy Thunderstorms Caused Extensive Damage Two Weeks Ago
The 147-acre park in western Maryland was closed for repairs on June 5, a day after a series of heavy thunderstorms swept through the region, causing extensive damage.
“The park will re-open with all services restored except the museum,” Park Manager Dan Spedden said. “Repairs to the museum building continue and will be accomplished without disrupting other park facilities. Camping and picnic shelter reservation holders who had been on standby for the weekend of June 20 have been notified that the park facilities will be open for their use.”
Named for the stone tower erected by Boonsboro in 1827, Washington Monument State Park is believed to be home to the country’s first completed monument to President George Washington, who explored the Upper Potomac and the western Maryland mountains as a young surveyor. The rustic locale features youth group campsites, picnic shelters and playing fields. It’s a favorite of bird watchers because it lies within a migratory bird flyway
The park’s popular youth camp ground was empty when the storm struck on June 4 and there were no injuries to visitors or park personnel. But fierce winds and driving rain knocked out phone, electricity, and water service. Fallen trees and branches blocked the main road and the hiking trail to the monument in several places. The museum and water treatment buildings were severely damaged.
The park’s normal operating hours, which go into effect on Saturday, are from 8 a.m. to sunset.