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President's Park South Project
 
Date Start Time End Time Time Zone Location
Mar 31, 2011 6:30 PM 8:30 PM White House Visitor Center
1450 Pennsylvania Ave. South
15th and E Streets
Washington, District of Columbia
202-619-6344

Please join the staff from the United States Secret Service and the National Park Service to discuss the planning process for President's Park South.

 
Description:
The NPS manages President's Park South pursuant to its statutory authorities, regulations and policies. The section of E Street, NW. within this park area is also administered by NPS. Following the events of September 11, 2001, USSS temporarily closed the section of E Street, NW. within President's Park South to unauthorized vehicular traffic. To secure this general area, USSS placed a line of jersey barriers along the southern edge of E Street and installed provisional guard booths, canopy tents, bike rack, concrete planters and standing canine vehicles at vehicle checkpoints at the east and west ends of E Street. A vehicle check point was also placed at the 16th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance to the Ellipse. Since that time there has been a continued, temporary closure of the roadways to unauthorized vehicular traffic. The USSS will determine whether to change the status of the closure from temporary to permanent and to integrate durable, more aesthetic security elements in place of the temporary security elements identified above. The intent is to integrate durable, more aesthetic security elements that not only help satisfy the requirement to maintain the historic and iconic character of President's Park South, but also improve the experience of visitors moving through the area to enter or view the White House and its grounds. The EA will assess a range of alternatives establishing a permanent closure of E Street and associated roadways and the installation of redesigned security elements resulting in changes to the area, along with a no-action alternative for continuing the current closure using the existing, temporary security elements. The Plan was developed as an EIS and it will serve as a foundation for this EA, and the EA will also review the Plan's treatment of President's Park South.

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Public transportation is available on the Red, Blue and Orange Metro lines. The White House Visitor Center is located near the Metro Center Station and the Federal Triangle Station.

President's Park South Project
 
Date Start Time End Time Time Zone Location
Jul 9, 2013 12:00 AM 12:00 AM Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Secret Service (Secret Service) will hold a public open house on the joint-agency President's Park South Project on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
 
Description:
President's Park South is located immediately south of the White House and includes E Street, N.W. between 15th and 17th Streets, Washington, D.C. The meeting will follow an open house format, and will include a presentation to describe the alternative concepts being considered for the project's Environmental Assessment (EA). Following the presentation there will be additional informal open house opportunities for comment and discussion. If you require additional information or special assistance to attend and participate in the open house, please contact the Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House at (202) 619-6344.

The NPS and Secret Service underscore that the alternative concepts being developed for the EA are conceptual in nature and address how and where visitors would access the area and view the site's historic resources. The alternatives also include a range of concepts on where barriers would be located; how and where authorized vehicles would access and circulate through the area; how bicyclists would access the site; and how the historic cultural landscape of President's Park South would be protected and preserved.

The comments received on these alternative concepts will be used to finalize the alternatives that will be described and analyzed in the EA. These comments will also help facilitate the NPS and Secret Service selection of their preferred alternative.

The public open house will be informal in structure and will give interested persons the opportunity to ask questions and share their views on the project and the area it will cover. The open house is both a public scoping session under the National Environmental Policy Act and a Section 106 consulting parties' session under the National Historic Preservation Act. "Scoping" is used to gain insight into the issues to be addressed in a project and to identify other significant issues related to proposed actions.

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