Sunday, January 27, 2013
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued a Secretarial Order to help protect National Mall turf.
A new order issued Friday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will help protect the turf of the National Mall, while still allowing large public events to be staged on "America's Front Lawn." Salazar recently announced his resignation. “We have made major investments in the National Mall over the past few years so that ‘America’s Front Lawn’ is fit to welcome visitors from around the world to our nation’s capital and to host historic events such as presidential inaugurations,” Salazar said in a press release. The Special Order would allow the National Park Service to continue to improve the quality of the sod through temporarily fencing off areas and laying down protective flooring as well as other means. “We want millions of people …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A new circulation system will pull water from the Tidal Basin, saving millions of gallons of water each year.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will show off its $34 million makeover this month when it is refilled for the first stime since undergoing reconstruction beginning in November 2010. It will take the National Park Service several days to fill the pool, which is scheduled to be reopened to the public at the end of August. The changes impact both the sustainability and appearance of the historically-significant element on The National Mall. “With this renovation, we have given the Reflecting Pool a much-needed overhaul and brought its engineering into the 21st century. The design is accessible and sustainable, significantly reducing water usage, improving water quality, and welcoming visitors from around the world who come to see this …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The show was spectacular on the National Mall Wednesday night.
The national fireworks show was launched at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday night. If you have your own pictures or video of the fireworks, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature them on the site.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Metropolitan Police have issued the following advisory for Wednesday traffic.
Half a million passengers will use Metro to get downtown on Wednesday.
Driving downtown will be nightmare on July 4 and, in several cases, an impossibility. Major roads around the National Mall will be closed. That leaves the Metro for most of us. Here are five things you should know about riding the rails on the Fourth. 1. According to WMATA's website, "Metrorail service will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight, with near rush-hour service levels from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be no scheduled track work anywhere on the system." 2. Here's a tip to avoid lines at the fare machines: "... all Metro riders are encouraged to purchase either a One-Day Pass ($14) or ensure that they have enough fare value on their SmarTrip card or paper farecard to complete their entire round trip." Passengers with a one-day pass…
CaBi will construct a makeshift docking station on the National Mall to accommodate extra cyclists.
It's going to be too hot to walk comfortably. The metro stations will be packed. Forget about driving. That's why Capital Bikeshare is anticipating a bunch of cyclists will hop on one of their bright red bikes and ride to the National Mall this afternoon to catch the big fireworks show. (More details about the pyrotechnics here.) In order to avoid users getting "dockblocked" (their word, not ours), CaBi is constructing a temporary bike corral at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue to accommodate increased usage. The docking station will be open from noon until approximately 10:30 p.m. - or about an hour after the fireworks show ends. For more information about Capital Bikeshare stations in Georgetown, read this article.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Thousands of people turn out every year to watch the fireworks show in Washington.
If you are tempted to head downtown Monday to watch the country's most spectacular fireworks light up the National Mall, plan to take the metro. Or better yet, walk. Forget about driving. Parking will be all-but-impossible in downtown D.C. on July 4 when hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country will descend on our city to celebrate the most patriotic day of the year. Metrorail service will run from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday. Ridership levels will peak between 6 p.m. and midnight. According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Smithsonian Station will not be open during the day. That station will re-open after the fireworks show is over. Georgetown residents who want to metro to the Mall should plan to…