• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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  • White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure

    The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »

  • Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk

    Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.

Pets

Pets

At all times, pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from other hazard such as running into busy streets. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation, as well as other park visitors.

Pets should never be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left inside vehicles. On a bright, sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60°F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85°F day, the temperature inside a car-even with the windows cracked-can reach over 100°F within 10 minutes.

Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste.

Did You Know?

Millard Fillmore, 13th President: 1850-1853

Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve 1851, during the Fillmore Administration, two thirds of Jefferson's books perished in a fire at the Library of Congress which President Millard Fillmore personally assisted in fighting. The fire was caused by faulty chimney flues.