Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has joined the chorus of voices calling for the National Park Service to be more flexible and work better with local communities to manage their many D.C. parks, large and small.
On Sunday, The Post published an op-ed I wrote summarizing the issues with the Park Service. Chief among them is the frequent refrain that they have to apply the exact same policies to all parks nationwide, regardless of size or context.
This excuse has come up repeatedly. It’s a factor in blocking Capital Bikeshare on the Mall. It’s an obstacle to Bryant Park-like sandwich kiosks in Mount Vernon Square. And it forces community groups wanting to put on events in neighborhood parks to jump through ridiculous hoops.
There’s no reason the Park Service actually has to treat every park the same, from the tiny triangle across Q Street from Dupont Circle (where they’ve delayed for years efforts to fix deteriorating grass and benches) to the enormous Yellowstone. I also noted that the General Service Administration, a typically slower-moving organization that has recently exhibited refreshingly forward-thinking sustainability practices, created a separate office to handle urban facilities.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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