Franklin Park

Your active, engaging respite located in the heart of DowntownDC. Coming soon!

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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.
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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.

UPDATE

What’s New


The Franklin Park renovation began in Summer 2020, with an expected completion date of August 2021. View the latest progress on our live construction cam!

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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.

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ABC-Licensed Restaurant and Tavern Beer, Wine, and Spirits Carry-out and Delivery Registration

CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

DC Health Link: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Benefits Update and Office Status Update

Destination DC: See What’s Open During Phase One

National Retail Federation: Guidance for Retailers on Reopening Stores

Office of the Mayor: Mayor Bowser and Chief Financial Officer DeWitt Announce 2019 Tax Filings and Payment Deadline Extended

Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH): COVID-19 Guidelines for Construction Sites within the District of Columbia

Office of the Mayor: Recovery for businesses and reopen guidance for restaurants and retailers

Pick Up/Drop-Off Zone: Form to apply for a pick-up/drop-off zone near your retail space.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington: Coronavirus resource guide

DESIGN PHASE COMPLETE

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TRANSPORTATION

Learn more about how to get around DowtownDC with Metro and Lift subs, and the 7th Street bus lane

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Local DowntownDC businesses are in need of your support, discover how you can help

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Local DowntownDC businesses are in need of your support, discover how you can help

Construction Progress Timeline

Project Partners

Live Construction

The redesigned park, located between 13th and 14th streets NW and K and I streets NW, 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.

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JOBS

We are recruiting a team to lead Park operations, management and programming. Apply today and join us!


VOLUNTEER

Volunteer to support the Franklin Park team. Opportunities coming soon.


CONTRACTS

View current contract opportunities for all aspects of Park operations including management, security, landscaping, programming and more. Coming Soon.

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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.

How the Park will be Operated

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Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness


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Restaurant

The new Franklin Park will feature a restaurant with a patio. We are currently marketing this opportunity to restaurant operators. If interested in leasing space, contact Papadopoulos Properties.

DC Department of
Human Services

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD):
Filing a Police Report During Coronavirus

Bread for the City: 1525 7th Street, NW (Northwest Center); T: (202) 265-2400;
Open 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Thrive DC: 1525 Newton Street, NW;
T: (202) 737-9311

Martha’s Table: The Commons (2375 Elvans Road, SE); T: (202) 885-9613; The Maycroft (1474 Columbia Road, NW); T: (202) 328-6608

Miriam’s Kitchen: 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW; T: (202) 452-8926; Open 7:00 am – 8:00 am breakfast and 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm dinner

DC Department of
Human Services

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD):
Filing a Police Report During Coronavirus

Bread for the City: 1525 7th Street, NW (Northwest Center); T: (202) 265-2400;
Open 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Dispatch Contact Info:
Email — dispatch@downtowndc.org;
Phone — (202) 624-1550

Thrive DC: 1525 Newton Street, NW;
T: (202) 737-9311

Martha’s Table: The Commons (2375 Elvans Road, SE); T: (202) 885-9613; The Maycroft (1474 Columbia Road, NW); T: (202) 328-6608

Miriam’s Kitchen: 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW; T: (202) 452-8926; Open 7:00 am – 8:00 am breakfast and 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm dinner

The DowntownDC Foundation serves as a vehicle for philanthropic initiatives aligned with the BID’s mission. Donate to the Foundation here.

Hours of Operation

Every day, from dawn to dusk.


Contact Information

Email address: franklin@downtowndc.org

Support the DowntownDC Foundation


The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) activated the DowntownDC Foundation to serve as a vehicle for philanthropic initiatives aligned with the BID’s mission.

The Foundation is directly addressing Franklin Park’s renovation: DowntownDC’s largest green space will become a premier urban park, which will be operated and managed by the BID upon its reopening.

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