Law­mak­ers ask Mall plans be re­con­sid­ered

The Washington Post - - METRO - — Michael E. Ruane

Del. Eleanor Holmes Nor­ton (D-D.C.) and six other lo­cal mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives asked the Na­tional Park Ser­vice on Tues­day to re­con­sider its pro­posal to ban recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties on the grounds of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment.

The leg­is­la­tors also asked the Park Ser­vice to re­con­sider its pro­posed in­crease in fees for use of its ball­fields else­where on the Mall and in Rock Creek Park.

The Park Ser­vice said re­cently that it wants to per­ma­nently close the grounds of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment to recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and in­crease fees for use of its 28 ath­letic fields.

The bat­tered mon­u­ment grounds were closed ear­lier this year for turf restora­tion, and the Park Ser­vice wants that clo­sure to con­tinue af­ter the project is fin­ished next year.

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