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.
May 10, 1998
The Washington Monument will reopen May 22 after the longest closure in its 113-year history, the National Park Service said. The 555-foot-tall obelisk, which offers a sweeping bird's-eye view of the nation's capital from its observation level, was closed Jan. 12 to modernize the visitors' elevator and install new heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. It will remain obscured by scaffolding during restoration work on its marble exterior, expected to take about two years.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Visitors to Washington have seen the iconic Washington Monument don a blanket of scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from an earthquake. Soon they will see a similar look at the opposite end of the National Mall. For about two years the Capitol dome will be covered with scaffolding while it gets its first complete restoration in more than five decades, starting next month. The project, budgeted at nearly $60 million, is handled by the office of the architect of the Capitol, while the National Park Service oversees the Washington Monument's repairs just more than a mile away.
March 19, 2003 |
After 18 months of military overflights, identification checks, sniper attacks and color-coded terrorism alerts, all it took was a man in a tractor to push this jittery city over the edge. Not just any tractor, but a partially submerged John Deere that its driver, a distraught North Carolina tobacco farmer, said was filled with explosives. And it wasn't just the rush-hour traffic tie-ups resulting from the standoff with police that caused the meltdown.
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.