September 30, 2013 |
The National Park Service began barricading the monuments and memorials on the Mall and turning off its 45 fountains after the federal government shut down at midnight. Park Service spokeswoman Carol Bradley Johnson said the Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, among others, would be barricaded so that visitors cannot enter them. In addition, maintenance workers would shut off the fountains at the World War II...
August 19, 2012 |
Fredericksburg, Va. — Chatham Manor , the elegant 241-year-old Georgian house that served as a Union headquarters during the Civil War, remains a must-see stop on tours of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. But the grounds are not as they once were. The gardens are overgrown, and the greenhouse has broken windows and rotting wood frames. The park's superintendent, Russell Smith, noted that the family that occupied the home in the 1920s "had nine or 10 gardeners.
September 18, 2012
In his Sept. 9 letter , William Pepelko correctly stated that cuts in the National Park Service's budget over the years have diminished its ability to adequately maintain park facilities. Not stated in the letter were the related problems created by the efforts of well-meaning but ill-advised conservation organizations to bring more lands into the park system. Perhaps it is time to say "enough" until we can take proper care of what we already have. Pete Bermel, Great Falls
March 21, 2009
Jerome P. Akman [" At Least Our Dogs Will Be Okay ," Close to Home, March 8] surely is not a dog owner. His opposition to a vibrant and improved park system in Washington, including off-leash areas, smacks at the quality of life so many people need these days. Owning a dog in the city or suburb is a challenge, especially with the space constraints. For those who chose to own dogs and are conscientious about providing them with sufficient off-leash activity, supporting the development of "dog parks" with their taxes is a bargain.
October 8, 2009 |
The troubled Montgomery Parks Foundation could become a fundraising organization for the county's park system, according to the development director of the only self-supporting park system in Montgomery Country. The Planning Board created the foundation in 1992 to support and enhance the county's park system, but questions about its purpose and funding were ongoing. The foundation's board of trustees voted in December to suspend operations and transfer leadership to new trustees while the Planning Board determined the foundation's...
May 10, 2008 |
The nation's capital is proud of its miles of wonderful waterfront parks. For locals and tourists, waterfront cafes can be just as wonderful. But along Washington's rivers, parkland and cafes are out of balance. We have more than enough waterfront parkland and not enough waterfront cafes. This explains why, in last Sunday's perfect spring weather, such an immense throng gathered at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Where else could people have enjoyed the sunshine, cool breezes, fabulous views, and decent food and...