Yeah the park people don't like us for some reason. Maybe in the future there will be some turnover in the management and we'll get permission again. In the meantime, the best we can do are these individual/small group secret trainings.
I went there for a trail run recently. The woods looked gorgeous. Nice you got out there.
Gotta love the National Parks...
It's not all the national parks. GFMD let's us orienteer there (albeit with date and control site restrictions); several other QOC maps are NP owned (all the Prince Wm Forest Park maps, eg).
But point taken.
When is the last time we tried with GFVA, out of curiosity? Or Rock Creek?
I am just saying that National Parks are quite restrictive/apprehensive about orienteering in general. Every time I think of holding an orienteering event at a National Park I consider if it's worth the extra effort.
The last time I encountered a park ranger at GFVA they were enforcing a no-off-trail policy, no exceptions.
Greenbelt is another of our national park venues. They have their own set of quirks, which includes a prohibition on tying control flags to bushes or trees (almost universally ignored).