January 15, 2017
Road Closures, Logistics Announced for Inauguration Welcome Celebrations at Lincoln Memorial
The National Park Service and the United States Park Police announce security, logistics and access plans for the Voices of the People and Make America Great Again! inaugural welcome celebrations that will take place on Thursday, January 19 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.
January 11, 2017
Inauguration Reminder - Camping Prohibited in D.C. National Parks
As the 2017 presidential inauguration approaches, the United States Park Police and the National Park Service remind visitors that federal regulations prohibit camping in all national park lands in the District of Columbia.
January 06, 2017
Transportation Plan for 2017 Inauguration Announced
The Joint Transportation Plan for the 58th Presidential Inauguration has been announced, providing the general outlines for vehicular restricted zones, road closures, charter vehicles, public transportation and pedestrian routes for the events and activities celebrating the Inauguration from Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21, 2017.
December 10, 2016
Statement on Gathering for Justice (Women's March) Request
The National Park Service has received a request from the Gathering for Justice to conduct an event (commonly referred to as the Women’s March on Washington) on January 21 at various public sites in Washington D.C., to include the Lincoln Memorial.
December 02, 2016
David Rubenstein Donates Funds to Modernize Washington Monument Elevator
WASHINGTON – Businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has pledged the funding needed for the National Park Service to modernize the Washington Monument elevator.
October 12, 2016
Junior Ranger Activities Celebrate the National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary
The National Park Service invites Junior Rangers of all ages to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act,
October 12, 2016
Test installation of Levee to close part of 17th st on Oct 14
Washington – On Friday, October 14, the National Park Service will close 17th Street between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from 6 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. to perform a test installation of the 17th Street levee.
September 29, 2016
Rats beware: National Park Service and the D.C. Department of Health partner to combat rodent population in D.C. national parks
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to better control the rodent populations in national parks in the District. Under the agreement, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, DOH staff will inspect and treat national parks throughout the city. Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.
September 20, 2016
Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Sites to Open Thanksgiving Day at U.S. Botanic Garden
This year’s annual U.S. Botanic Garden holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 and run through January 2, 2017. Immerse yourself in the sights, scents, and sounds of the season with wreaths, garland, trees, and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.
August 29, 2016
National Park Service Brief Congresswoman Norton on Washington Monument Elevator
National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent and staff members met this afternoon with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to brief her on the recent spate of closures at the Washington Monument and give her a progress report.
August 10, 2016
National Park Service Studies Biofilm Blackening the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
The dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the iconic landmarks on the Washington, D.C. skyline. In recent years, however, the gleaming white rotunda has become increasingly darkened, but not by dirt or mold, as the casual eye might suspect. The culprit is a colony of microscopic organisms, called biofilm.
June 17, 2016
2016 Independence Day Celebration
The National Park Service will once again host the annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall, the nation’s most important civic space and home to more than a dozen memorials that commemorate great Americans and significant events in our nation’s history.
May 10, 2016
National Park Service Seeks Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for National Capital Region Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington D.C. region through June 9, 2016. Comments are accepted online or by mail.
April 21, 2016
Tourism at national parks in the Greater Washington area generates almost $1.6 billion in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report for 2015 shows that the spending by more than 56 million visitors to national parks in the National Capital Region resulted in 16,917 jobs and contributed almost $1.6 billion to the region’s economy.
April 11, 2016
National Park Service and National Capital Planning Commission Launch Memorials for the Future Competition with Van Alen Institute
A competition to imagine flexible and interactive memorials for the 21st Century
February 15, 2016
David Rubenstein Donates $18.5 Million to Restore the Lincoln Memorial
The ideals and values of our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, will be honored and shared for generations to come thanks to an $18.5 million gift from businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.
January 26, 2016
Fun Facts About Snow Removal at the National Mall
As the National Mall digs out from last week’s historic snowstorm, National Park Service crews are moving 8.25 million cubic feet of snow from the memorials, roads, parking lots and sidewalks, which is enough to fill the Washington Monument 18.4 times.