Efforts are currently underway to transform Franklin Park (13th to 14th streets between I and K streets NW) into an active, flexible, sustainable and historic urban park connected to its community.
Franklin Park is located in the center of DowntownDC in the heart of the District and at nearly 5 acres, it is Downtown’s largest park. The park is served by Metrorail, Metrobus and the DC Circulator and it sits amid a thriving commercial district and a growing residential population.
The park is owned by the National Park Service (NPS) and is currently in need of many functional improvements and updates to enable the park to adequately serve the community. Additionally, the park’s size and location provide a unique opportunity to significantly impact the community and the local economy by reimagining this green space. NPS supports efforts to revitalize the park as part of its Urban Agenda and is exploring ways in which to partner with the city to achieve these goals.
A planning partnership was formed in 2012 between NPS, the District government and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) to transform the park and establish sustainable maintenance and operation of the park in perpetuity. The result of this planning effort, which included public outreach and stakeholder input, is a concept design and maintenance and operations plan for the park.
On this page, you will find links to design plans, documents and reports related to the effort to revitalize Franklin Park.
The BID’s 501c3 organization, the DowntownDC Foundation, is working to raise funding and support to assist the BID in operating and managing the park upon its reopening.
Learn more about the DowntownDC Foundation and its efforts at downtowndcfoundation.org.