Redesigning Franklin Park
The National Park Service (NPS), D.C. Government and the DowntownDC BID have come together to transform historic Franklin Park. The goal? Create a vibrant and sustainable urban green. Franklin Park, a NPS reservation, is bounded by K, I, 13th and 14th streets. At nearly five acres, it’s the largest park within the DowntownDC BID area. On March 13, the D.C. Office of Planning (OP) issued a request for proposals, or RFPs, for the park’s redesign, kicking off a planning process that will extend through the beginning of 2014. After engineering drawings are developed, construction is scheduled to take place in 2015-2016, coinciding with the NPS’s centennial (what a wonderful milestone that will be!).
Opportunities for public input are available throughout the planning process, with the first Franklin Park public meeting scheduled for November 7, 2013 at the Four Points by Sheraton, (1201 K Street) beginning at 6:00 pm. Registration information is available here.