Jewell Joins National Mall Fundraising Effort

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Aerial photo of the National Mall. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Aerial photo of the National Mall. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the National Mall needs a face lift and that it won’t likely happen without private donations to help the National Park Service.

On Thursday, Jewell joined a fundraising luncheon for the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall. The group is working to restore and preserve the National Mall that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

Jewell says the area known as Constitution Gardens particularly needs an overhaul, including a new pond where the fish won’t die every year.

For years, the mall’s grounds and facilities fell into disrepair, even though it’s is the most-visited national park. Visitors often find dead grass, broken sidewalks and fetid pools of water.

The nonprofit group has been working to raise $350 million for the restoration effort.

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