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Dumbarton Oaks Park Forms Conservancy

The Conservancy was announced April 12 on the 70th anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Dumbarton Oaks Park celebrated its 70th anniversary April 12 and officially announced the Dumbarton Oaks Park Concervancy. The 27-acre park spans the northern part of Georgetown and has fallen into disrepair due to lack of funds.

“Our goal is to work with the National Park Service and other key stakeholders to develop a long-range plan to restore the Park and raise funds to endow its maintenance in perpetuity,” said Jane MacLeish, a landscape designer and Conservancy founder, in a press release about the announcement.

The Park was separated from , given to the federal government and opened to the public April 12, 1941. It is managed by the National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park.

The park's deterioration is attributed to storm-water run-off and invasive non-native plants.

“Dumbarton Oaks is the most significant and best-preserved works of Beatrix Farrand, one of our country’s most celebrated landscape architects,” said Rebecca Trafton, a founder of the Conservancy, in the release.

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