Transfer of Jurisdiction of Certain National Park Service Properties to the District of Columbia Government (National Capital Parks-East: Fort Dupont Park)

In accordance with §102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 USC 4321 et. seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for transferring jurisdiction of a portion of property within Fort DuPont Park, part of the Fort Circle Parks, to the District of Columbia (the District) for development of recreational facilities. The authority for publishing this notice is contained in 40 CFR 1506.6.

The current Proposed Action is to transfer approximately 14-acres of NPS property situated on the north side of Fort Dupont Park along Eli Place in Southeast Washington, D.C. to the District of Columbia Government. The subject property incorporates the Special Use Zone and a portion of a Recreational Zone identified in the approved Final Management Plan-Fort Circle Parks, Washington, D.C. of 2004. This transfer is part of an effort to expand public facilities and recreational opportunities for young people.

The new recreational facilities and programs would be developed and operated by the District of Columbia and its partners. The District believes that it can more readily bring this proposal to fruition if it manages this portion of the park, so it has requested that the NPS consider transferring jurisdiction of the subject property to the District.

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Comment Period: Closed        Oct 16, 2008 - Nov 17, 2008
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