“America’s Front Yard” is about to get a much-needed makeover. Constitution Gardens, a 50-acre park located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is set to unveil plans Tuesday for a 4-year, $160 million renovation.
Established as park during a bicentennial celebration in 1976, Constitution Gardens sits east of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and north of the Reflecting Pool. Over the years, the park has fallen into disrepair, with cracked and broken sidewalks and walls, and a garbage-strewn pond. “There are no gardens here,” Chip Akridge, founder and chairman of the Trust for the National Mall, told Fox 5’s Tom Fitzgerald. “It’s not pretty.”
The renovation, which is expected to kick off later this year, will include an amphitheater, restaurant and areas for boating and skating. The project will be funded by private donations, 60 percent of which has already been raised.