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Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site Management Plan is governed by the National Park Service.


Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site (NHS) extends from the U.S. Capitol grounds to
the east side of the White House and Presidents Park. Managed by the National Park Service
(NPS) as part of the national park system, the NHS is composed of separate park
areas, plazas, sidewalks, special lighting, trees, sculpture, and memorials adjacent to the avenue.


In 1972 Congress created the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (PADC) to develop and implement a plan for Pennsylvania Avenue and the adjacent area. Two years later PADC issued the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan,which presented goals and objectives for the development, management, and use of this area. By 1996 much of the work that had been proposed by PADC had been accomplished, and Congress transferred its responsibilities to NPS, the U.S.General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC).

When Pennsylvania Avenue was transferred to NPS in 1996, it became a unit of the national park system, with management by the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), within the NPS National Capital Region. The NHS is governed by laws, regulations, and authorities that are applicable to all national parks and to NPS as a federal agency.

The 1996 legislation gives NPS the authority (40 USC 6702©(3)) to establish a nonprofit foundation to solicit funds for the conduct of special events, festivals, concerts, or other art and cultural programs. Such a foundation might provide a precedent for also dealing with ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation. NCPC’s 2001 Memorials and Museums Master Plan identifies several sites along Pennsylvania Avenue for additional commemoration, such as Freedom Plaza and the Constitution Avenue triangle at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Therefore, there is an opportunity to fulfill the goals of that plan and to activate additional spaces along Pennsylvania Avenue.



§6702. Transfer and assignment of rights, title, and interests in property

( a ) In General.-

( 1 ) Leases, covenants, agreements, and easements.-As provided in this section, the General Services Administration, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the National Park Service have the rights, title, and interest of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation in and to all leases, covenants, agreements, and easements the Corporation executed before April 1, 1996, in carrying out its powers and duties under the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Act of 1972 (Public Law 92–578, 86 Stat. 1266) and the Federal Triangle Development Act (Public Law 100–113, 101 Stat. 735).

(2) Property.- The Administration has the rights, title, and interest of the Corporation in and to all property held in the name of the Corporation, except as provided in subsection ( c ).

 

( c ) National Park Service.-

 

( 1 ) Property.-The National Park Service has the right, title, and interest in and to the property located in the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, including the parks, plazas, sidewalks, special lighting, trees, sculpture, and memorials, depicted on a map entitled "Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park", dated June 1, 1995, and numbered 840–82441. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the Service.

 

( 2 ) Responsibilities.-The Service is responsible for management, administration, maintenance, law enforcement, visitor services, resource protection, interpretation, and historic preservation at the Site.

 

( 3 ) Special events, festivals, concerts, or programs.-The Service may-

 

( A ) make transactions with an agency or instrumentality of the Government, a State, the District of Columbia, or any person as considered necessary or appropriate for the conduct of special events, festivals, concerts, or other art and cultural programs at the Site; or ( B ) establish a nonprofit foundation to solicit amounts for those activities.

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