Plan to restore, transform Mall signed
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Tuesday signed the official "record of decision" for the National Park Service's long-range plan for development and conservation of the National Mall.
During a blustery outdoor ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial, Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis signed the document that government officials hope will transform the beleaguered "front yard" of the nation.
The plan is a general blueprint for improvement of some of the most tattered areas of the grand park that stretches from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
It is projected to cost more than $600 million. Estimates are that the Mall currently has some $400 million just in deferred maintenance.
Among other things, the plan envisions transformations of such places as Union Square at the foot of the west front of the Capitol. The striking Grant Memorial would be refurbished, and the existing reflecting pool would be reduced in size.
The turf and trees along the Mall would be improved. A welcome plaza near the Smithsonian Metro station would be created.
Around the Washington Monument, the dilapidated Sylvan Theater would be replaced with a multipurpose facility.
The Constitution Gardens lake would be reconstructed, and a multipurpose visitor center with rest rooms and food service would be built.
The entire Tidal Basin seawall would be rebuilt and its walkways widened.
There is currently no funding for any of these projects, officials said. But the plan clears the way for fund raising and detailed designing.
Salazar said some improvements on the Mall have lifted its grade to a C. The goal, he said, is an A.
Several Mall projects have been funded by federal government economic recovery money. They include rehabilitation of the Jefferson Memorial Tidal Basin seawall, the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool, and the so-called DC War Memorial, honoring district residents who served in World War I.
All are currently underway.
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