Norton Secures Quarterly Public Meetings with NPS for D.C. Residents

May 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has committed to hosting quarterly public meetings with District of Columbia residents to hear directly from the community regarding NPS parks.  Norton met with NPS representatives this week to discuss a number of issues, including the revitalization of public golf courses, sports and recreation on the National Mall, refurbishment of the Washington Monument, and potential public meetings.  These regular meetings will serve as a vital tool for both D.C. residents and NPS.

“The National Park Service is necessarily one of my priorities because nearly every park in the District of Columbia is owned by NPS and funded by the federal government,” Norton said.  “NPS has important local responsibilities, making open communication and transparency essential for residents.  I am grateful NPS has taken the important step of agreeing to hear from the community quarterly to prioritize their needs.”

This announcement follows the passage and signing of Norton’s bill in March that clarified that the District and NPS could enter into cooperative management agreements to rehabilitate, operate, and maintain NPS parks in D.C., such as the revitalization of Franklin Park.