At least 15 million tourists visit the National Mall each year. With them, we ponder the gallantry of the nation’s war dead, reflect on the wisdom of our forefathers, inaugurate our new presidents, and glory in some of the world’s finest memorials and monuments.
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- Flexible, multi-purpose venues with appropriate backdrops and utility connections for stages, tents, and other activities.
- Surfaces for jogging and walking, separate bicycle lanes, improved fields for softball, soccer, kickball, and other sports, improved conditions for passive recreation like picnicking, and locating restrooms convenient to recreation.
- Improvements to general condition and appearance, additional services such as restrooms, water, information, and refreshments, spaces for cultural activities, and for capturing iconic photographic images.
- Highest standards of accessibility and universal design with conveniently located seating and facilities.
- Areas where groups can regroup, find shelter, sit, or gather for education or eating without impacting general visitation, and enhanced tour bus drop-off and parking.
- Highest standards of recycling and waste management, design for maintenance and efficiency, use special skills teams (turf and irrigation, water features, events management), model sustainable approaches (maximize LEED rating and Sustainable Sites Initiative); improve operational access to all areas; reduce use of potable water; improve monitoring and adaptive management.
The Final National Mall Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is available online.