National Park Service to Release Final National Mall Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement to Public


Bill Line (NPS) 202-619-7400
Hugh Vickery (DOI) 202-208-6416

Washington, D.C. – With the help of community input, the National Park Service has completed a long-term vision for restoring the beauty and ensuring the sustainability of America’s front yard, the National Mall. The National Park Service announced the availability of the Final National Mall Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FMNP/FEIS) through a notice in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010. 

“The National Mall is where we celebrate the inauguration of our President, the birth of our nation, and the rights of all Americans to peacefully gather and speak their minds,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “It is also a place where we come to learn about our country, our leaders, and the events that tested us and made us strong. This new vision honors these purposes while understanding that the Mall also serves as a premier year-round venue for outdoor recreation and fun. We appreciate the thoughtful comments and active participation from so many citizens who made this plan possible.”

The planning process has involved 20 federal and local agencies, 23 days of workshops, 12 public meetings and tours, over 30,000 written comments, and presentations to dozens of community organizations and stakeholders.

Key elements of the National Mall plan include the need for: