Norton Encouraged by NPS Withdrawal of Proposed Restrictions of Sports on the National Mall, Calls for Further Collaboration with Residents
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked the National Park Service (NPS) for withdrawing its proposal to restrict organized recreational sports on the National Mall and increase permitting fees. Norton said she was pleased that NPS took seriously her community meeting held last month with NPS, recreational sports organizations and members of the public. At Norton’s meeting, Patricia Trap, Acting Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, committed to further working with the sports leagues and residents to hear more public feedback and further study the proposal’s impacts before proceeding.
“NPS’ participation in our community meeting and its response is a model of responsive government,” Norton said. “We look forward to closely collaborating with residents and NPS as NPS weighs changes to its original proposal to ensure the tradition of playing recreational sports on the National Mall continues, while also protecting the Mall’s new wear-resistant turf.”