Temporary Area Closures

a map of the White House complex showing closed areas in red.
December 1, 2021
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


The entire Ellipse and its side panels, roadways and sidewalks, E Street and its adjacent north and south sidewalks from 15th Street to 17th Street, NW, State Place, Sherman Park and the park surrounding the First Division Monument will be closed and / or subject to a public use limitation from approximately 12:00 pm, until the Opening Ceremony of the National Christmas Tree Lighting concludes at approximately 7:00 pm, on December 2, 2021. A map is attached illustrating the park areas subject to this temporary park closure and public use limitation. Persons demonstrating or otherwise using these park areas should remove themselves and any personal property from the closed park areas by approximately 12:00 pm (Noon), December 2, 2021. The National Park Service appreciates the public's cooperation in this matter.

/s/ John Stanwich
National Park Service
Interior Region 1 - National Capital Area
 
Map depicting closure of Pennsylvania Avenue, 1st Division Monument, and Sherman Park

May 29, 2021
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


At the request of the United States Secret Service, the National Park Service will temporarily modify and/or restrict access to certain streets, sidewalks, and park lands under its jurisdiction. Specifically, the National Park Service (NPS) will permit the USSS to carryout the following temporary limited modification and or park area closures.

First Division Monument Grounds
There will be a temporary closure to the public of the First Division Monument grounds and certain adjacent roadways and sidewalks, including State Place, NW from 17th Street, NW to West Executive Avenue, NW, as well as the adjacent sidewalks; West Executive Avenue, NW from State Place, NW to E Street, NW, as well as the adjacent sidewalks; and E Street, NW from 17thStreet, NW to West Executive Avenue, NW as well as the northern sidewalk.

This closure will remain in place until the construction in the area adjacent to this park is completed, which is expected to occur no later than at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021. Additionally, beginning at approximately 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2021, through approximately 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2022, absent public safety concerns that would require its temporary closure, First Division Monument, to include the memorial and the southern pedestrian walkways will be accessible to pedestrian access from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily via the southeast pedestrian walkway and closed to public access from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

William T. Sherman Park
There will be a temporary closure to the public of William T. Sherman Park, as well as certain adjacent roadways and sidewalks, including Alexander Hamilton Place, NW from 15th Street, NW, to East Executive Avenue, NW, as well as the adjacent sidewalks; East Executive Avenue, NW from Alexander Hamilton Place, NW to E Street, NW, as well as the adjacent sidewalks; and E Street, NW from East Executive Avenue, NW to 15th Street, NW, as well as the north sidewalk.

This closure will remain in place until the construction in the area adjacent to the park land is completed, which is expected to occur no later than approximately 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2021. Additionally, beginning at 12:00 a.m. on October 1, 2021, through 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2022, absent public safety concerns or White House tour and event guest processing that would precipitate its temporary closure, William T. Sherman Park, to include the monument and the pedestrian walkways adjacent to the monument, will be accessible to pedestrian access from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily and closed to public access from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

E Street, NW
There will be a closure of E Street, NW from the crosswalk just east of West Executive Avenue, NW to the crosswalk just west of East Executive Avenue, NW, including the north sidewalk. This closure will remain in place until the construction on the south side of the White House Complex is completed, which is expected to occur no later than 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2021.

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Finally, the NPS will permit the Secret Service to maintain the temporary and limited modification to Lafayette Park by keeping the existing anti-scale fence in place along H Street, NW between Jackson Place, NW and Madison Place, NW, but excluding a portion of the northeast quadrant of Lafayette Park, with four gates to allow for public access to the park. Absent public safety concerns that would precipitate their temporary closure, the gates will remain open for public access to Lafayette Park. Finally, the Secret Service requested to temporarily restrict public access to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between Jackson Place, NW and Madison Place, NW, including the southern sidewalk and extending into a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue beyond each intersection, but allowing for pedestrian access to Lafayette Park from Pennsylvania Avenue from both the east and the west. This closure will begin immediately and continue until 11:59 p.m. July 3, 2021.

The areas described above are delineated by fencing and signage and are detailed on the attached map. Violation is prohibited.

The public use limitation and closure come at the request of the United States Secret Service to provide necessary security ensure public safety, protect national park lands, and to provide a secure perimeter with sufficient standoff distance to protect the White House Complex and those within it particularly in light of ongoing major construction impacting access on the Southside of the White House.

The closed park areas described above and those under other jurisdiction are delineated by fencing and are further detailed on the attached map. Violation is prohibited.

Persons demonstrating or otherwise using these park areas should remove themselves and any personal property from the closed park areas by 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 29, 2021. The National Park Service appreciates the public's cooperation in this matter.

/s/ John Stanwich
National Park Service
Interior Region 1 - National Capital Area

Last updated: December 2, 2021

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