- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service is seeking comments on early plans to revitalize Franklin Park in downtown Washington.

Many park features and the fountain at Franklin Square are in disrepair. The park occupies a city block with a central fountain and a statue commemorating Commodore John Barry from the Revolutionary War.

The park service is developing designs to transform Franklin Park into a more active, flexible and sustainable park space. Comments are being accepted online through the end of the day Friday.

Organizers are considering adding a cafe, children’s play area or a pedestrian mall for events in the park while also restoring other features.

The park service is working with the District of Columbia and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District on the revitalization plan.

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Plan Documents: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=48509

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