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Franklin Park

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Efforts are currently underway to transform Franklin Park (13th to 14th streets between I and K streets NW) into an active, flexible, sustainable and historic urban park connected to its community.

Franklin Park is located in the center of DowntownDC in the heart of the District and at nearly 5 acres, it is Downtown’s largest park. The park is served by Metrorail, Metrobus and the DC Circulator and it sits amid a thriving commercial district and a growing residential population.
 
The park is owned by the National Park Service (NPS) and is currently in need of many functional improvements and updates to enable the park to adequately serve the community. Additionally, the park’s size and location provide a unique opportunity to significantly impact the community and the local economy by reimagining this green space. NPS supports efforts to revitalize the park as part of its Urban Agenda and is exploring ways in which to partner with the city to achieve these goals.

A planning partnership was formed in 2012 between NPS, the District government and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) to transform the park and establish sustainable maintenance and operation of the park in perpetuity. The result of this planning effort, which included public outreach and stakeholder input, is a concept design and maintenance and operations plan for the park. 

In August 2015, the National Park Service, in cooperation with the National Capital Planning Commission and working with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), completed an Environmental Assessment for the Franklin Park Vision and Transformation plan (EA). Based on analysis of the EA and consideration of public comments, the National Park Service determined that the work in Franklin Park will not result in significant impacts to the environment. NPS released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a preferred design alternative.
 
On this page, you will find links to design plans, documents and reports related to the effort to revitalize Franklin Park.
 
For more information on Franklin Park, please contact Alex Block at alex@downtowndc.org.

For media inquiries, contact Rachel Rose Hartman at rachel@downtowndc.org