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Constitution Gardens Washington DC
Still avoiding our Roadtrippers itinerary at the National Mall, we walked through Constitution Park.
There were a whole bunch of geese that we basically followed into the park. I thought that was pretty cool, as did my son.
Unfortunately, the park was the most run-down place we saw in Washington DC. We sat down on one of the benches for a few minutes to just take it in.
But the water was filthy, the sidewalk was cracked and broken with potholes. It looked like an old, abandoned ghost town.
This was highly disappointing to me. Our nation’s capital should not have places that look so run down. It just shouldn’t.
The gardens should be well taken care of. I was explaining this to my son when a park ranger happened to be walking by.
I asked the park ranger about the park. She informed me that there were plans to fix it back up. I was happy to hear that. Hopefully they’ve fixed it up by now.
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About Constitution Gardens Washington DC
An oasis surrounded by a city landscape; Constitution Gardens serves as a living legacy to the founding of the republic that is our nation.
All 50 acres of the gardens were originally beneath the Potomac River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a dredging project near the end of the nineteenth century which turned this land into Potomac Park.
Temporary offices were built here during World War I which were used by the United States Navy and munitions department. They were called “Tempos”. But in 1970, then President Richard Nixon ordered their removal. The Tempos were demolished in 1971 after the Navy left them. The park then became Constitution Gardens as ordered by the president.
In May of 1976, the Gardens were dedicated as an American Revolution Bicentennial tribute. The Memorial to the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence was dedicated on July 2, 1984. It is on the small island in the lake. We didn’t even see it while we were there.
Located at in the National Mall on Constitution Avenue, the gardens are free to visit and open 24/7/365. Phone: (202) 426-6841.
These Gardens have the potential to be absolutely beautiful. I hope they fixed them up real nice. Next time we go to DC, I’m going to make it a point to go back through Constitution Gardens so we can see how it is now and so we can try and see the memorial on the island. I didn’t even know it was there when we were visiting.
I really hope they fixed it up nice. A place for people to see a wide array of urban wildlife, but all we saw were the geese. Absolutely no wildlife around the nasty water.
Have you been there? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.
Please drop a few lines in the comments box below and let me know how your visit went.
In the meantime, safe travels!
P.S. If you happen to use travel journals, be sure to check out the travel journal I created for my future Washington DC Road Trips.
Written by Kris M.
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