How will the National Park Service protect the new grass panels on the National Mall?
We are glad you asked! This year, the National Park Service (NPS) completed a project to rebuild several of the grass panels on the National Mall, one of the most prominent historic landscapes in Washington, DC. The project included installing handicap accessible granite curbs, engineered soil to resist soil compaction, re-grading grass panels to improve drainage, the installation of drains and large underground cisterns to collect storm water, a new irrigation system installed four feet below the surface, and durable varieties of turf. The new work has been designed to be more sustainable under the high levels of foot traffic and large scale events that take place on the Mall. The collection of storm water for irrigation will reduce the use of potable water and help improve regional water quality.
Recognizing that this historic landscape will continue to be heavily used, National Mall and Memorial Parks has hired a Turf Manager, the first position of its kind for the National Park Service. We are excited to have him on board.
Did You Know?
President Wilson saw Lt. George Boyle off on the first U.S. air mail flight, which left from a field behind the present-day FDR Memorial. After going the wrong way for over 20 miles, Boyle crashed his Curtiss Jenny in a Maryland farm field. On his second attempt, Boyle crashed again. Though Boyle survived, he was not permitted a third attempt.