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Rehabilitate Reservation 72

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The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (Downtown BID) proposes to rehabilitate US Reservation 72, which is managed by NPS. This triangular park is located between 6th Street NW, I Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW. The purpose of the project is to improve existing conditions and preserve the character of the L'Enfant era reservation.

The Downtown BID has coordinated with NPS staff regarding preservation of the character-defining features of the park. NPS has discussed the project with the District State Historic Preservation Officer, as well as staff from the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.

The project includes: (1) replacement of the existing sidewalk with a dark gray concrete walk that is sympathetic to the existing historic material; (2) a slight realignment of the sidewalk to better accommodate visitor use patterns; (3) minor adjustments to the existing fence and planter curbs to align with the new sidewalk layout; (4) lawn rehabilitation via re-grading of the site and new sod; (5) placement of additional irrigation lines and quick coupler head; (6) installation of ten refurbished or new benches, as well as four new metal trash cans.

The NPS accepted written comments regarding planning efforts and potential impacts to historic resources for the proposed project from November 21-December 23, 2012. Please see the document entitled "Categorical Exclusion and Response to Public Comment" under "Document List." The plans now include a post-and-chain fence along the Massachusetts Avenue edge of the park.

The work is expected to take place during 2012.

Contact Information

Kristen Murphy
Environmental Protection Specialist
National Mall and Memorial Parks
National Park Service