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Contact: Emily Linroth, 202-619-7156
To allow grass to germinate and grow, the center panel adjacent to the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial will be fenced off and closed to foot traffic from May 16 through June 30, 2016. The National Park Service has made a long-term commitment to healthy, resilient turf and beautiful parks that are open for the community to enjoy.
The center turf panel will reopen in time for the annual celebration of Mary McLeod Bethune's birthday on July 9. This year's celebration will include music, a parade around the park, and family friendly activities that encourage everyone to Find Your Park at Lincoln Park.
The National Park Service remains mindful of the importance of the daily recreation in the park, and other areas will remain open while the center panel is growing. Neighbors can help ensure success by respecting closed areas and keeping their pets on leash.
To promote safe access for all those who enjoy the park, including small children, it is important that pet owners follow leash laws. Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires that pets be restrained at all times on a leash no longer than 6 feet. DC Department of Parks and Recreation maintains dog parks in the city. The nearest off-leash dog park is Kingsman Field Dog Park, located at D Street NE and Tennessee Ave NE.