BID Adds Bistro Tables and Chairs to McPherson Square


August 6, 2019

The DowntownDC BID this summer added six new, red bistro tables with chairs in McPherson Square (15th & I streets NW), part of the BID’s ongoing efforts to activate public space through improved and accessible amenities.

Earlier this summer, the  BID hosted Jazz at McPherson Square in partnership with Wolf Trap, offering visitors an opportunity to hear free live music outdoors, enjoy the nearby FRESHFARM White House market, utilize picnic blankets and the new tables and chairs and play lawn games.

This is the sixth and newest location in DowntownDC where the BID has chosen to add flexible seating.

In addition to the new furniture at McPherson Square, 40 tables are currently located in the following parks and plazas: Franklin Park (13th & K streets); outside the Federal Trade Commission building (7th & Pennsylvania Avenue); Herald Square (13th & New York Avenue); Indiana Plaza (7th & Pennsylvania Avenue), made possible through support from the Indiana Society, and Chinatown Park (5th & Massachusetts Avenue.) These parks and plazas are owned by the US National Park Service, which has agreed to allow the BID to place temporary furniture in their spaces. The Federal Trade Commission plaza seating is made possible through a partnership with the US General Services Administration.

The tables and chairs throughout DowntownDC are used at lunchtime by downtown office workers, visitors and residents for work or relaxation. All are maintained by the BID’s Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors. 

Additional shade for sunny days is also on the way! A total of 18 umbrellas will be added to tables and chairs in sunny McPherson Square and Indiana Plaza.