Franklin Park Redesign Options to be Unveiled

Thursday, January 30, 2014

By Rachel Rose Hartman

Find out what potential plans are on tap for Franklin Park.

Design alternatives for the restoration and tranformation of Franklin Park will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 19 at a public meeting hosted by the National Park Service (NPS), the D.C. Office of Planning (OP), the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the DowntownDC BID. And you're invited!

Concept design alternatives will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn (815 14th Street NW). The designs will be made available for public comment prior to the meeting. 

Franklin Park spans nearly five acres stretching from K to I Streets and 13th to 14th Streets, NW. Last year, the DowntownDC BID held Workout Wednesdays in Franklin Park over the summer and Picnics in the Park in the fall in an effort to enliven Franklin Park with dynamic programming.

The DowntownDC BID partnered with NPS, OP and DPR to reimagine Franklin Park as a vibrant and sustainable urban park. Last March, these groups issued a request for proposals (RFPs) concerning the design of the park. In July, information was gathered on park usage to inform the process. 

The Feb. 19 meeting will be the second public meeting held about the park redesign. The first public meeting took place Nov. 7, when nearly nearly 60 neighbors, downtown workers, park-lovers, and property managers gathered to envision a better Franklin Park. Attendees received a presentation from OLIN Studio, the agency hired to conduct a conceptual design for transforming the park. Past projects by OLIN include urban oases such as New York City’s Bryant Park, the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art and the new Canal Park.

Public comment has been requested and highly encouraged throughout the planning stage.

To attend the Feb. 19 meeting, please register here