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The Trust for the National Mall and National Park Service breathed new life into the historic grounds of America’s Front Yard throughout 2014.

Robert Vogel with Caroline Cunningham at the reopening of the Washington Monument. Photo by Chris Zimmer.

Together, we welcomed events that charted a new course for visitor use and enjoyment of the park. We partnered with the National Portrait Gallery to bring to life the groundbreaking landscape portrait, “Out of Many, One,” by urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. Visitors raved about the six-acre temporary installation, which served during the month of October as both an interactive walk-through experience near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as well as a stunning addition to our park vistas from atop the Washington Monument.

And in November, the Trust and National Park Service were honored to support the Concert for Valor on Veterans Day. Sponsored by HBO, Starbucks and Chase, the free concert drew hundreds of thousands of people to the National Mall — an incredibly fitting location to raise awareness of veterans’ issues where so many are memorialized and remembered.

Together, we’ve laid the groundwork to leave a legacy for our country, and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing our projects take flight next year.

In addition to bringing these exciting new projects to park visitors, we made tremendous progress on our shared goals. In May, we reopened the Washington Monument for the first time since it suffered significant earthquake and flood damage in 2011. The National Park Service kicked off phase II of the turf restoration project, which will restore 7th to 12th Streets and make the Mall a more environmentally sustainable and visitor-friendly space. The Trust also gained unanimous design concept approval on the plans to rehabilitate Constitution Gardens from the Commission on Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission, keeping us on track to break ground in 2015. Our first priority project will turn this underutilized 38-acre space connecting the heavily visited World War II and Vietnam Veterans memorials into a welcome respite for visitors.

These accomplishments have been made possible through your steadfast and generous support. Together, we’ve laid the groundwork for restoring and preserving our past. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing our projects take flight next year.

In all we do, we remember this park is truly of the American people, supported by your generosity, and for the education and enjoyment of us all.

Thank you for joining us in making history.


Caroline Cunningham
President, Trust for the National Mall

Robert Vogel
Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks


A few reasons to celebrate a groundbreaking year

Major Projects

2014 was a year of continuing accomplishment and new vision

Constitution Gardens

The Trust for the National Mall prepares to break ground on our first priority project. Situated between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, Constitution Gardens is a quiet oasis in the heart of the bustling capital, with the potential to function as an important social space and a welcome respite on the National Mall.

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Greening the Grounds

The National Park Service kicked off the second phase of its turf restoration project in October 2014 to “bring green” back to the National Mall in every sense of the word. It’s no surprise the turf is in need of restoration, given the National Mall’s grounds host 29 million visits each year — more than Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone national parks.

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Reopening the Washington Monument

The Trust for the National Mall celebrated its most public achievement to date with the reopening of the Washington Monument in May. The event was widely covered by top national media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Associated Press, Reuters, NPR, CBS This Morning, The New York Times and The Washington Post; in total, the event garnered more than 24 million media impressions.

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By the Numbers

See All Donors

The Trust for the National Mall is fortunate to benefit from the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and other donors.

Board & Staff Listing

The Trust’s Board of Directors, advisory committees and full staff are committed to restoring, improving, and preserving the National Mall.