Norton Calls for Residents’ Ideas at NPS Town Hall Meeting

May 16, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will hold a National Park Service (NPS) town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2104, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) in room 412.  The meeting will explore many new ideas for the city’s federal parks and how residents can work with NPS, which owns most of the city’s parks, to enliven D.C.’s green spaces and adapt them to the needs of the individual neighborhoods where they are located.  The town hall meeting invites residents to come air their views and recommendations on their parks.  The panelists are Steve Whitesell, NPS National Capital Region Director; Richard Bradley, Downtown DC Business Improvement District Executive Director; Greg O’Dell, Events DC President; and David Alpert of the Greater Greater Washington Blog.  NPS superintendents for D.C. will also be on hand.

“Our parks town halls have already resulted in action to bring amenities for families and children to our downtown park,” said Norton.  “Congress has left NPS without anything close to adequate funding, but public-private partnerships are beginning to play an important role.  Our panel of experts will help residents focus on making NPS parks come alive with playgrounds, community events, bikes, food, arts, music and other amenities in a smoke-free environment.  Above all, I want to hear from residents.” 

Published: May 16, 2014