National Mall undergoes second stage of restoration
Over the course of the next 18 months, the National Park Service will be closing part of the National Mall for phase two of turf restoration.
Phase I of this process, which was completed in 2012, restored all of the turf panels between 3rd and 7th street. The design project focused on creating a health and water efficient landscape. It also included engineered soil to resist compaction and granite curbing to protect the outer edges of the lawn.
The second phase of this project will restore the remaining panels up through 12th street. The turf restoration involves the removal of compacted soil, installation of irrigation drainage, and the planting of grass. So, what does this mean for you? Not too much—the sidewalks will remain open, but walkways across the mall will be closed to pedestrians in the area.
This fancy facelift for the our nation’s famous backyard was a $40 million endeavour. There are also new rules regarding the lawn’s usage, especially for larger festivals or sporting events. The National Park Service also predicts that the number of visitors at the Mall will increase from 25 million to 42 million annually in the next 20 years.
Vox has some high expectations about this new grass.
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