June 18, 2008 |
America's frontyard may get its first face lift in more than three decades. Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider approving as much as $100 million in matching funds for repairs, maintenance and new staff for the National Mall, an area that attracts 25 million visitors a year. "The problem is, the Mall is just loved to death," said Chip Akridge, 61, chairman of the Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit group that raises money for the park. The 700-acre National Mall extends from the U.S. Capitol to the Potomac River and is home to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and more than a dozen other memorials and museums.
June 18, 2000 |
The Washington Monument will not open during the Fourth of July weekend, spoiling what was expected to be the centerpiece of this year's observance of the holiday, and may be closed until the end of the summer, according to the National Park Service. A celebration of the restoration had been in the works for more than two years for the Fourth of July weekend, Mall Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said, but he added that the holiday observance won't include a public viewing of the $9.
April 5, 2013 |
Americans love big national parks in the West, seven of which made the 10 most visited parks in the country for 2012. More than 282 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2012, up 3 million from the year before, according to National Park Service statistics. And the least visited national park? Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve in remote southern Alaska, which claimed just 19 visitors last year. "No Lines No Waiting!" reads the park's website. Two California sites made the least visited list too, but more on that later.
March 31, 2014 |
Oh no, not Rosie the Riveter again! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has cleared for a floor vote a bill that would set up a commission that would be the first step in building a National Women's History Museum near the National Mall. The one good thing to be said about this project, which has been knocking around lobbying circles since the 1990s , is that its $400 million estimated price tag would be covered by private donations - we hope. The problem isn't just that the National Mall, a welcome swath of open green grass in the heart of official Washington, is already cluttered with at least a dozen different museums plus an ever-increasing number of monuments and memorials.
July 2, 2000 |
A counter-terrorism study commissioned by the National Park Service concludes that Washington's monuments, particularly those on the Mall, are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and that the federal police force charged with protecting them is understaffed and poorly funded.
August 12, 2005 |
Two very different musical events are planned for the nation's capital next month. On Sept. 11, country singer Clint Black will headline the America Supports You concert in support of the military and the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The concert on the Washington Mall will follow a Freedom Walk, sponsored by the Department of Defense, which will begin at the Pentagon and conclude by the Mall's Reflecting Pool.
November 16, 2011 |
The U.S. Secret Service is working to determine whether damage to an exterior window of the White House is linked to a Friday night shooting near the Washington Monument, after bullets were discovered at the presidential mansion Tuesday. The Secret Service's Uniformed Division, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Park Police and other law enforcement agencies continue a joint effort to locate 21-year-old Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, based on evidence recovered from a vehicle found in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue near the National Mall on Friday night after reports of shots fired near the Washington Monument.
July 30, 2000
The Washington Monument is reopening its observation platforms, which have been closed since December 1999--and intermittently before then--as part of a three-year, $10-million renovation. Starting Monday, visitors can again ascend to the 490-foot and 500-foot-high decks of the 555-foot-tall structure, the capital's tallest, for a panoramic city view.