Public comments sought on location of Red Line crash memorial

The National Park Service and the District have completed an environmental assessment of potential locations for a memorial remembering the fatal 2009 Red Line crash, and now they want to hear from the public.

There are two potential sites for the memorial, both alongside New Hampshire Avenue just north of the Fort Totten Metro station in Northeast Washington.

The memorial is currently envisioned as spanning between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet. Since the proposed sites are overseen by the National Park Service, the NPS would have to transfer the lands to the District. The District could pick an artist to design the memorial this summer, according to the environmental assessment.

The environmental assessment explores what would happen if the memorial was built on either spot, looks at the impact on the environment, discusses other sites that were considered and notes how this would affect traffic in the area.

To see the environmental assessment, visit parkplanning.nps.gov/rocr and click on Metro Memorial Park or just head here.

Public feedback will be factored into the final decision of what to build and where to build it, said Nick Bartolomeo, chief of resources management at Rock Creek Park with the NPS.

“Those comments are important…in helping us make a determination and the final decision,” he said.

Comments from the public will be accepted from Thursday through midnight on Friday, July 26. The comments can be posted online at parkplanning.nps.gov/rocr, but remember that your comment could be made publicly available.

You can also submit comments in the mail by sending them to Metro Memorial Environmental Assessment, Attn. Clair Sale, AECOM; 675 North Washington St., Suite 300; Alexandria, Va. 22314.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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