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Parks Service resumes maintenance at D.C. parks

Posted: 5:29 PM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 17:29:09-05
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning Friday, trash collection, urgent roadwork and sanitation services at parks in the District of Columbia, the National Parks service announced Thursday.

The services will be paid for with fee revenue collected at national parks across the country under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Some of these maintenance services had been paid for by funds donated by park partners following the lapse of government appropriations beginning Dec. 22.

“We appreciate the generous support of many of our partners, the D.C. government and [Business Improvement Districts] across the city who helped us maintain our parks during the lapse in appropriations,” said acting National Capital Regional Director Lisa Mendelson. “National Park Service staff looks forward to continuing the outstanding work of our partners in ensuring that the basic needs for sanitation and maintenance are met in our parks.”

The D.C.-area national parks are open and “as accessible as possible during the lapse in appropriations,” according to a statement from the National Parks Service, but many services are limited. Visitors are encouraged to check the park website to confirm its operating status.

The Parks Service announcement applies to the following parks:

  • Anacostia Park
  • Baltimore-Washington Parkway
  • Capitol Hill Parks
  • Civil War Defenses of Washington
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park
  • Kenilworth Park
  • Meridian Hill Park
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • President’s Park
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Suitland Parkway