Why is the National Mall in a state of disrepair?
The National Mall has been loved to death. With more than 25 million visitors to the National Mall each year the National Park Service cannot keep up with the volume of use with continuing reduced budgets. The National Mall has more visits than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks combined and hosts more than 3,000 permitted events each year. Click here to see the AP's interactive map of the damage.
Why doesn't Congress pay for the upkeep of the National Mall?
The National Park Service is facing a $9 billion repair and maintenance backlog for all national parks and an estimated $400 million for the National Mall. Congress is helping but we cannot wait for Congress to restore America's Front Yard.
What is the Trust for the National Mall?
The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. Simply put, our goal is to make the National Mall the best park in the world.
How much work needs to be done?
It has been 30 years since the National Mall's last major renovation was completed after the country's bicentennial in 1976.
What is the National Mall Plan?
The National Mall Plan is the Park Service's blueprint for the restoration and improvement of our National Mall. It is the result of a planning process that took four years and includes comments from 34,000 people in all 50 states, research on best practices in parks throughout the world, and the input of more than 100 federal agencies and expert constituencies. The official Record of Decision for the Mall Plan was signed by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on November 9, 2010. To learn more about the National Mall Plan, click here.
How can I help restore the National Mall?
The Trust hopes that all Americans become involved in restoring America's Front Yard. To contribute please go to www.nationalmall.org/give.