Your active, engaging respite located in the heart of DowntownDC. Opening September 2021!
DowntownDC’s Largest Green Space
Franklin Park is currently undergoing an eagerly anticipated transformation. Once it is reopened, the new park will include a restaurant and pavilion, an expanded and restored fountain plaza, and a new children’s garden. Among the upgrades to the park, visitors will be able to enjoy ADA accessible sidewalks, a rich and diversified tree canopy, enhanced lighting, conversational and flexible seating and active, flexible and engaging green space. Operated by DowntownDC BID, the new Franklin Park will be a destination for residents, workers and visitors in the heart of downtown.
History & Planning
A planning partnership was formed in 2012 between NPS, the DC Government and the BID to transform the park and establish sustainable maintenance, operation, and programming of the park in perpetuity. The result of this planning effort was a concept design and maintenance and operations plan for the park.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC City Council provided $18 million for the renovation. In March 2019, President Trump signed a federal lands package that permitted the District of Columbia to invest its capital dollars in the renovation and construction of the park through a cooperative management agreement with NPS. Studios Architecture and Land Collective were awarded the design and engineering contracts for the project. The DC Department of General Services (DGS) is overseeing the construction and has retained Smoot Construction Co. as the general contractor. The DowntownDC BID will operate, program, and manage the park upon its reopening. Funding support will be provided by the BID’s 501 c3, the DowntownDC Foundation.
The Franklin Park renovation began in Summer 2020, with an expected completion date of September 2021. View the latest progress on our live construction cam!
The DowntownDC Weekend Community Services Program
This program allows community groups, that had provided services on the weekend in Franklin Park to individuals experiencing homelessness. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm, community-based organizations, churches and individuals can register for a space at this alternative site, which will include hand washing stations and support social distancing particularly during COVID-19.
Volunteer to support the Franklin Park team. Opportunities coming soon.
View current contract opportunities for all aspects of Park operations including management, security, landscaping, programming and more. Coming Soon.
Why is Franklin Park undergoing renovation?
The park is in need of many structural repairs and improvements, including to paths and walkways, the landscaping and tree canopy, the historic fountain, the tree canopy, seating and lighting and more.
The redesigned park will include an outdoor restaurant with seating and restrooms, a children’s play area, a repaired and interactive historic fountain, new seating, an improved tree canopy and more.