Dear Friends of the National Mall,
This year, visitors to the National Mall enjoyed the beautiful new grass installed by the National Park Service but were disappointed to learn that well-loved public events such as the National Book Festival are being turned away to protect that grass.
We’ve witnessed the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — the “last” museum sited on the Mall? — but hear that sponsors for the Latino American and Women’s History museums also seek a place on the Mall. The National Museum of the American People also wants a location close to the Mall. Where will they go?
Not least, the Mall is threatened by flooding. Three days of heavy rains inundated Smithsonian museums, the National Archives, and federal buildings along Constitution Avenue in 2006, causing millions of dollars in damage and forcing government facilities to close for several days. Federal and District of Columbia governments know about the continuing danger but can’t seem to find ways to work together to solve it.
In the face of these threats to the Mall, our National Mall Coalition has worked to inform the public, change policies that would destroy public use, and show how the Mall boundaries can be expanded to future generations to tell their story on the Mall.
And we’ve proposed innovative solutions such as our National Mall Underground parking and flood reservoir project which fills longstanding needs including tour bus parking, flood control, and visitor parking and amenities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is interested in reviewing this project with a partner government entity, which we are pursuing in concert with the Corps.
I hope you will once again help us with a tax-deductible contribution. As you can see from this work, we have redoubled our efforts this year to advance some very innovative ideas and to expand our public education and outreach. In fact, we’re about to print a new edition of our very popular map, The National Mall: Stage For Our Democracy. Since 2005, we’ve distributed over 200,000 of these free, educational maps at area airports and visitors centers and demand continues to grow.
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Please contribute to help us continue to educate, advocate, and create innovative solutions that will ensure the continuing vitality of the Mall as a living symbol of our nation’s evolving life. Please consider giving $50, $100, or whatever you can.
For donations of $250 or more, we will be pleased to send you Coalition Board member Lisa Benton-Short’s new book, The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space (University of Toronto Press, 2016).
Judy Scott Feldman, PhD
[email protected] / 301-335-8490
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