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Franklin Park Changes Community Meeting Postponed

Postponed Until Further Notice Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Wed., Oct. 2 (6-8pm): A complete rehabilitation of downtown’s Franklin Park will be the subject of a public presentation and “open house” at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel (1201 K St., NW) hosted by the DC Office of Planning (OP) and its “Franklin Park partners” –- National Park Service (the federal government owns the park), which  (NPS); DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR); Downtown Business Improvement District (Downtown BID.

Anyone with an interest in the prospect of a much improved park is invited to attend and share their ideas for how to improve and enhance this nearly five-acre open space bounded by K, 14th, I and 13th Streets, NW. Attendees will hear a project overview and an initial site analysis and conditions report. The project team also will hold a “visioning” and programming workshop to gain a deeper understanding of desired park uses and current issues.

OP has contracted with the Philadelphia and Los Angeles OLIN Studio landscape architecture firm with particular expertise in urban historic park restoration and design, to develop a comprehensive plan and conceptual design for transforming Franklin Park. Among other things, 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 will be investigated. For more information about the Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan, visit