Mostly overlooked by visitors to the National Mall, Constitution Gardens occupies 50 acres of landscaped grounds, including an island and a lake. Trees and benches line the paths to create a tranquil atmosphere and a perfect spot for a picnic. The gardens boast approximately 5,000 oak, maple, dogwood, elm and crabapple trees, covering more than 14 acres. Constitution Gardens was dedicated in 1976, as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration. The memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, located on the small island in the middle of the lake, was dedicated in 1984.
Location: Constitution Gardens is located on the National Mall, between 18th and 19th Sts. NW, Washington DC, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Closest Metro station is Farragut West. See a map.
The nonprofit organization, Trust for the National Mall, has made plans to raise more than $150 million to make improvements to Constitution Gardens. The project is expected to take about 5 years to complete and will be built in two phases. The waters will be re-engineered and surrounded by vegetation and walking paths to allow for activities such as boating and ice skating. By 2016, the Trust hopes to complete an entry plaza, garden wall, event plaza and the rehabilitation of the historic lockkeeper's house on the edge of the park.
A second phase will add a pavilion with a restaurant, observation deck and concessions by 2019.