Capital improvement projects at the park, including rehabilitations as well as new memorials, result in construction zones. NPS design and construction projects follow guiding principles for sustainable development at federal facilities, including use of energy efficient lighting, natural light, best management practices for erosion and sedimentation control, and stormwater design that captures most or all rainwater to keep nutrients and sediments from entering the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
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.