D.C. contains almost 7,000 acres of land controlled by the National Park Service, and up until now, the federal agency was charged with maintaining all of it, including the majority of the city’s neighborhood parks.
That changed with the passage of a federal lands package, signed on Tuesday by President Donald Trump, that includes a law allowing the District to rehabilitate, operate, and maintain NPS properties in the city.
“The National Park Service owns nearly all of D.C.’s neighborhood parks, which makes this bill critical to the District,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement. “Congress never adequately funds the nation’s many federal parks. Considering that our neighborhood parks, though most are NPS controlled, are central to neighborhood life and enjoyment, this bill will allow the city to tap local and private funds to help renew our precious parks.”