National Mall Phase I
National Mall, Phase I - center panels between 3rd and 7th Streets
Schedule:Project in design, Phase I Construction will start mid-Summer, 2011 Completion Phase I anticipated late 2012. (Anticipated completion of the third and final phase is Fall 2016.)
Location:Phase I - east end of National Mall, center (grass only) panels and adjacent gravel walks, between 3rd and 7th Sts, plus the staging area just west of 7th.
Goals of project:
•Provide more sustainable lawn panels through use of sandy soil, irrigation, and curbs delineating the edge of the grass panels.
•Install subsurface drains, curb drains, and cisterns to collect and hold rain water runoff to be used for irrigation.
Impacts/opportunities for visitor to consider:
•This area of the Mall will be closed to the public access, but it will be open to view because chain link fence will be used to secure the construction site.
•There may be more noise and dust than normal due to the earth moving activities.
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.