National Park Service unveils Mall plans
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
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