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Posted at 5:48 PM ET, 07/13/2010

National Park Service unveils Mall plans

By Washington Post editors

The National Park Service has officially unveiled its final long-range plan for the Mall, the Department of the Interior announced Tuesday.

The plan, which has been four years in the making, sets out a series of alternative approaches to the future of the Mall, including a so-called “preferred alternative.” The 700-acre Mall and much of its infrastructure have fallen into disrepair in recent years.
Implementation of the preferred aspects of the plan is expected to cost between $606 million and $648.

Among other things, the preferred alternative envisions the restoration of the Grant Memorial, and the transformation of the Union Square area just west of the Capitol, as well as improvements in rest room facilities, turf, recreation and demonstration areas. After 30 more days, the park service can render a “record of decision,” and complete the planning process, the department said.

--Michael E. Ruane

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
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$750 million for 700 acres? You've got to be kidding... that's about the size of 3 golf courses, standard for your average golf resort! $750 million? For what? redoing the turf and insuring it's maintained (including the greens?) . I could buy Pebble Beach and St. Andrews for that. Heck, give me $10 mill a year and I'll guarantee you a pristine mall.

Posted by: wjc1va | July 13, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse


Obviously, you didn't read any of the plans circulated by NPS.

The Mall receives more annual visits than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined. Yet those parks are all exponentially larger and suffer less damage from the visits they do receive.

There are the infrastructure issues, as well as the legal issues surrounding access for the large-scale public gatherings that occur on the Mall. There are also the historic issues associated with the Mall.

The "preferred" plan is actually a well thought out document. Volume 1, Chapter 2 at this link is a very thorough executive summary of NPS's plans, including the results of not doing anything at all.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | July 13, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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