Set up to Clean up
National Mall and Memorial Parks is proud to be a part of the 2013 Inaugural events. For more than 70 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has been at the heart of planning efforts for this event. But what does it take to get the National Mall ready for Inauguration and the thousands of visitors that will arrive?
Jorge Alvarez, Deputy Chief of Facility Management at National Mall and Memorial Parks, has helped plan the logistics for this event for the past six months. We are now putting that plan into action. The week before Inauguration, NPS maintenance employees and contractors will install 3,800 feet of chain link fencing, 17,000 feet of bike racks, and portable toilets at eight Emergency Medical Service locations throughout the Mall. It will take a week to install and a week to uninstall the infrastructure of Inauguration Day on the National Mall.
NPS is also responsible for trash collection on the National Mall. During the last Inauguration we collected over 100 tons of trash. Our dedicated staff works through the night to make sure that the Mall is as beautiful a park after the event as it was before. Starting at 5pm on the day of Inauguration, employees will begin a sweep of the Mall collecting every bit of trash left behind. By 6am the next day, all trash will have been removed.
The National Park Service is thankful for all our committed maintenance staff for the hard work they put in behind the scenes to make this event happen.
Did You Know?
Sadly, President William Henry Harrison holds the record for the shortest Presidency. Inauguration Day, March 4, 1841, had dawned exceedingly cold and rainy; the President contracted pneumonia and died just thirty days later.