Group aims to redo neglected Constitution Gardens site on National Mall

By Caroline Tucker


Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways.
After holding a design competition to improve spaces on the mall in 2011, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall selected the little-known Constitution Gardens for a major rehabilitation over the next five years, officials with the group told The Associated Press. Designers are still refining the concept but are developing an ambitious project whose budget totals about $150 million.