6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K Street, NW
The DC Office of Planning, the National Park Service and the Downtown BID are holding a public meeting and workshop to kick-off the Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan. Anyone with an interest in Franklin Park is invited to come share their ideas for how to improve and enhance the visitor experience of the park. The project team will present information on the project goals,project background and existing conditions analysis. The project team also will hold a visioning and programming workshop with attendees to gain a deeper understanding of current problems and issues as well as desired park uses and programs.
Franklin Park is located between K and I Streets, NW and 13th and 14th Streets, NW in downtown Washington, DC and is owned by NPS. The park sits within a rapidly growing neighborhood of Center City DC that has seen a 31.6% increase in population over the last 10 years. Currently the park does not meet the diverse needs of neighborhood residents, workers or visitors; however, there is the potential to transform Franklin Park into one of our nation’s premier urban parks. To realize this dramatic transformation, the DC Office of Planning and its partners will investigate options for increasing recreational opportunities, adding services such as food and restrooms, increasing events and programs, restoring historic resources, incorporating sustainable and ecologically sensitive materials and practices, enhancing surrounding streetscape and transportation connections, and using a public/private partnership to oversee the long-term maintenance and management of the park.