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Franklin Park and Commodore Barry Statue

December 2014 Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the National Capital Planning Commission and in collaboration with the District of Columbia (the District) and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (DowntownDC BID), has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate a range of alternatives for the revitalization of Franklin Park in downtown Washington, D.C.

Franklin Park occupies an entire city block of about 5 acres in downtown Washington, D.C. The project area is situated in a residential and business district three blocks northeast of the White House. The park features a central fountain plaza and a historically significant statue commemorating Commodore John Barry. Rows of trees surround the park on all sides and are spaced throughout the park. Many of the park's features are in disrepair, and the level and quality of visitor experience is not what is desired at such a large and centrally located urban park. As a result, the NPS and partner team are developing a plan and designs for transforming Franklin Park into a premier, active, flexible, and sustainable historic urban park connected to its community.

This EA presents a range of alternatives to enhance the historic and urban qualities of the park while transforming it into an active, flexible, and sustainable park.
Comment Period: Closed        12/02/2014 - 01/09/2015
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