White House Park Design Opened For Public Suggestion
In line with the plan to enhance the design of the President’s Park South or the Ellipse near the White House, the National Capital Planning Commission is inviting the public to help in the design planning through a competition. The final design selected by the commission will aim to improve the look of the park as well as enhance the experience of every visitor.
There will be designs created by five teams and these will be posted at the White House Visitor Center and online. Architectural firms from different states like New York, San Francisco and Massachusetts are offering their proposals for the park. Primarily, these designs will revamp the security components of the park.
The President’s Park, in Washington D.C., is considered one of the most visited locations in the capital. It includes four areas; the White House, Lafayette Park, The Ellipse and the visitor center. Lafayette Park is a seven acre public park that is found in the north side of the White House. The surroundings are designed by the National Historic landmark in 1970. Originally, Lafayette Park and the Square comprised the President’s Park, which now incorporates three more units in addition to the original park.
The Ellipse or the President’s Park South is a 52 acre park. Many annual events are held in the park. It features different monuments and is open to the public. Everything that encompasses the President’s Park is controlled by the National Park Service, the U.S. Federal Agency that manages all national parks, monuments and other historical properties.
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