Norton Gets Improvements to Spirit of Justice Park Near Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has agreed to work with Norton to improve the Spirit of Justice Park, located within the Capitol Hill community and the publicly accessible Capitol complex between C and D streets SE. The AOC has agreed to plant trees to provide shady areas for residents and visitors to sit and eat lunch and to post signs with the name of the park. Concerned that Spirit of Justice Park was underutilized, Norton met with AOC officials over the summer to discuss improvements to the park. AOC has since begun planting holly trees in the middle of the park. AOC also plans to start building structures next spring to provide even more shade during the summer. Norton is also pushing for more tables and chairs.
“The Spirit of Justice Park is a beautiful space above a congressional parking garage that AOC has made into an attractive park, but it is hardly used by congressional employees and the community because it lacks sufficient shady areas and tables and chairs to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the park during good weather,” Norton said. “I look forward to working with the Architect of the Capitol as he implements these improvements. I hope he will seek feedback from congressional employees and the surrounding neighborhood.”