We are writing to inform you that the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is working amid the federal government shutdown to support our stakeholders and to enable continued operations in National Park Service (NPS) sites within the DowntownDC BID area.
The BID last week signed an agreement with NPS to provide trash and litter removal services during the shutdown at 33 National Mall and Memorial Park sites including: Chinatown Park, outside of Ford’s Theatre, Franklin Park, Freedom Plaza, Herald Square, Indiana Plaza, McPherson Square, Pershing Park, Thomas Circle, and the US Navy Memorial. Additionally, the BID will provide trash and litter removal along Pennsylvania Avenue.
The BID since 2007 has had an agreement in place with the National Park Service (NPS) to enable the BID to supplement NPS trash collection, cleaning and landscaping on NPS parks, plazas and reservations.
The BID’s 83 Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors work 362 days a year to maintain public space within the BID’s 138-block area. This includes collection from 805 trash cans and 368 recycling cans each day, graffiti removal, powerwashing, landscaping, sidewalk repair and other functions in addition to hospitality and safety services and homeless outreach.