Young people play on swings at Pop of Spring

Parks &


The DowntownDC Foundation supports the revitalization of additional parks and plazas throughout downtown including McPherson Park, Indiana Plaza and others, as well as infrastructure enhancements through streetscape changes, planters, landscaping and other elements. The Foundation also supports public art, including in parks and in the New York Avenue Arts Alleé, as a meaningful way to engage the community in public spaces.


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Couple poses in large letters spelling Planter with seating on the sidewalk Swings on Indiana Plaza


After nearly a decade of work with partners including the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the District of Columbia, Franklin Park in 2021 reopened to the public. This historic federal park underwent a $21 million year-long renovation funded by the DC Government to restore and enhance the central fountain, add interactive jets, a Children’s Garden, construct a restaurant, repair and enhance walkways, landscaping, improve the tree canopy and seating and reconstruct the central plaza. The Foundation works to support the operations, maintenance and programming of this world-class park, which is operated and managed by the DowntownDC BID under a historic cooperative management agreement. Today, Franklin Park is a place for lunchtime gathering, respite, fun and the stage for diverse and exciting free events for the whole family.

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Franklin Park Evening photo of Rock the Park DJ

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Public space enhancements not only enliven an area, they help create engagement and foster community. Following the reopening of Franklin Park at 13th and K Streets NW in September 2021 and its successful management and operation by the DowntownDC BID, the Foundation in 2023 has formed a DowntownDC Parks Fund to to revitalize additional green spaces in downtown and create more engaging urban parks for our community. Learn more here!