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Name change proposed for Rock Creek Park

Can you imagine Washington, DC without Rock Creek Park? No, the park wouldn't go away or be turned into townhouses. But it would get a name change under legislation introduced last week by the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate to Congress. The new name would be quite a mouthful.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced H.R. 3919, which would rename the national park Rock Creek National Park in the District of Columbia. The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. It picked up no cosponsors.

Read Norton's statement on the bill at

Norton cited two reasons for the proposed change. First, it would distinguish the national park from the adjacent Rock Creek Park in Montgomery County, Maryland. Second, Norton says, it would “highlight the park’s significance to the nation, the residents of the District and region, and visitors to the nation’s capital.”

Norton says the timing is right as we approach the 125th anniversary of the park's founding as the nation's third national park.

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