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October 09, 2015
D.C. Resident Cited for Illegal Drone Operation Near Washington Monument
WASHINGTON – At 1:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 the United States Park Police and United States Secret Service responded to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, spotted flying in the vicinity of the Washington Monument. Flying any kind of UAS or drone anywhere in Washington, D.C. or in national parks is illegal.

September 28, 2015
Gay Vietzke Named Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks
Gay Vietzke, a national park manager with 23 years’ experience and expertise in public-private partnerships and historic preservation, will serve as the new superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks.

September 25, 2015
National Mall Welcomes Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors
As new Student Conservation Association Centennail Volunteer Ambassadors, Kersten Laveroni and Ayomide Sekiteri will help prepare the National Mall and Memorial Parks for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

August 31, 2015
Work on Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to Begin After Labor Day
Approximately 30 feet of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be drained starting September 8 to allow for the removal and reconstruction of a small portion of the pool basin.

August 06, 2015
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and National Park Service Unveil "Items Left at the Wall - The Virtual Collection"
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service today unveiled Items Left at The Wall – a virtual collection of nearly 500 items left at The Wall that can now be seen at

August 05, 2015
Franklin Park Environmental Review Process Completed
The National Park Service has cleared the way for the transformation of Franklin Park (also known as Franklin Square) into an active, flexible, sustainable and historic urban park, finding that this effort will not adversely impact the natural or cultural resources of the park, which dates to 1832.

June 12, 2015
DC Circulator Begins Service to the National Mall
DC Circulator now provides shuttle service to 15 stops around the National Mall. Service costs just $1 per rider and provides access to more then 25 monument, museums and points of interest around the Mall.

May 11, 2015
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Invasive Plant Management
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public scoping comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington DC region. The plan/EA will identify long-term strategies to reduce impacts and threats from invasive plants, and will provide opportunities for restoring native plant communities and historic landscapes.

May 05, 2015
Kutz Bridge Rehabilitation Causes Lane Closures
The National Park Service will begin repairs this week to the Kutz Bridge, which carries the eastbound leg of Independence Avenue SW over the Tidal Basin. The project is expected to last until early fall and will include a variety of lane closures during the work.

April 06, 2015
Washington D.C. Area National Parks Join Find Your Park Movement
National capital region parks join national parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online

September 25, 2014
Restoration of National Mall Turf Continues
The National Park Service today announced the start of the second phase of turf restoration along the National Mall, which will take place between 7th and 12th Streets.

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