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.
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.
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.
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.