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Public Space Partners

The District’s public space is something that we all benefit from and includes a number of valuable resources - many known to the general public, but others not so readily apparent:

  • 130,000 Number of street trees in public space
  • 16,000 Miles of sidewalks in the District
  • 9,030 Acres of land in the District set aside as street right-of-way
  • 6,000 Average number of public space permits reviewed annually
  • 4,270 Acres of street right-of-way dedicated to sidewalks and landscaping

The safety, appearance, and quality of our public space, is the responsibility of multiple dedicated federal and local agencies, as well as non-profit organizations. The work of these groups is greatly enhanced by the contributions and efforts of residents, workers, and even visitors to Washington, DC.

To learn more about how you can help protect and enhance the District’s public space, contact Chris Shaheen, Public Space Program Manager of the DC Office of Planning at (202) 442-7616 or by email at [email protected].


Improving, protecting, and maintaining the District’s public space is a responsibility shared by many different federal and District agencies, non-profit organizations, and the general public. Learn more about our partners and the important work they are doing to improve our public spaces.