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Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan 


Franklin Park Public Kick-Off Meeting

Come share your Ideas for how to improve Franklin Park!

The Franklin Park Public Kick-Off Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. Anyone with an interest in Franklin Park is invited to come share their ideas for how to improve and enhance the visitor experience of the park. Attendees will hear a project overview including an initial site analysis and conditions report, and the project team will hold a visioning and programming workshop with attendees to gain a deeper understanding of desired park uses and current issues.  OP and NPS are partnering with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation on this effort.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please register to help us properly plan for attendance.

Register Here to Attend

Project Background
Franklin Park is located between K and I Streets, NW and 13th and 14th Streets, NW in downtown Washington, DC and is owned by NPS. The park sits within a rapidly growing neighborhood of Center City DC. Currently the park does not meet the diverse needs of neighborhood residents, workers or visitors; however, there is the potential to transform Franklin Park into one of our nation’s premier urban parks. To realize this dramatic transformation, the National Park Service and its partners will investigate options for increasing recreational opportunities, adding services such as food and restrooms, increasing events and programs, restoring historic resources, incorporating sustainable and ecologically sensitive materials and practices, enhancing surrounding streetscape and transportation connections, and using a public/private partnership to oversee the long-term maintenance and management of the park.

Project Vision
The National Park Service, the District of Columbia, and the Downtown Business Improvement District (the Partners) together are collectively committed to transform Franklin Park into an active, flexible, sustainable, and historic urban park connected to its community. The District has experienced significant population growth in Center City DC in recent years, resulting in increased demand for high quality open space and an urgent need for re-envisioning Franklin Park. Franklin Park, at five acres, is the largest National Park Service reservation in Center City DC and therefore provides a unique opportunity to serve the community and enhance urban living. Currently the park does not meet today’s diverse urban needs; however, the Partners see the potential to transform Franklin Park into one of our nation’s premier urban parks based on lessons learned from national models, including Madison and Union Square parks in New York City. To realize this dramatic transformation, we believe that an inclusive design process and a bold approach to improvements and programming is necessary to create a great park that can attract and serve users, as well as engage financial support from multiple partners for long-term maintenance and operation. The following goals elaborate this vision and shall guide this project:

• As an urban park, Franklin Park should provide multiple active and passive recreational opportunities, essential services such as restrooms, food and flexible seating, and have actively managed daytime and evening events and programs.

• The renovation of Franklin Park should celebrate and respect the historic character and sense of place through restored historic resources, rich landscaping and seasonal plantings, and high quality site and building materials.

• Franklin Park should be designed as a sustainable, maintainable, and ecologically sensitive place that serves a diverse group of users including young and old District residents, workers, and visitors.

• Franklin Park should be framed by an enhanced streetscape and public realm and integrated with multiple transportation modes, including Capital Bikeshare, Metrobus, Metrorail, and the future streetcar.

• Franklin Park should utilize a public/private management structure to fund, program, maintain, and provide security for the park.

Background Documentation
Attached below are recent planning reports and documents that are relevant to the revitalization of Franklin Park:

Cultural Landscapes Inventory: Franklin Park, NPS (2005)
This document on Franklin Park documents all its historically significant landscapes and explains the evolution of the park in great detail, with attention paid to which design elements are considered “contributing”.

Remaining reports are located under Related Documents.  

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Project Title: Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan
Type: Renovation/Modernization

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