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The creation of the N/cMillan Sand Filtration Site in r9o5
its designation to allow mixed-use development. Current
proposats for commercial development of McMillan Park woutd destroy much of the site's unique and nationalty
represented significant advancement in the implementation
of the rgor McMitlan Plan for Washington, D.C. Frederick
Law 0tmsted Jr. was the main force in the McMillan
Commission's design of parks in the District of Cotumbia. The
significant historic fabric.
rgor McMillan Plan proposed that the McMillan reservoir site "be made an important supplement to the park
systemi' adding clean and saf e drinking water and a recreational park to satisfy these critical civic needs.
We have the
This is just one of the ongoing threats to [andscapes nationwide, and an example of how our NA0P community can hetp.
NAOP has urged carefuI consideration and rejection of the
city's development ptans. Engaged with the localstakeholders,
opportunity to revive the site for the zrst
NA0P has provided testimony to the mayor, city council
and historic review board about the site's significance and
from the thinkers behind the McMillan
Plan, who were not only visionary but also practicat, inte-
the destructive impact of current devetopment plans. Our trustees have visited the site and have been made available to assist in further investigation. Funds to support this and other advocacy efforts altow NAOP to increase its presence
and support Iocal preservation campaigns.
grating infrastructure with beautification for the residents of and visitors to Washington. After part of the property
was transferred from federaI ownership to the Columbia, the city designated
it as a park, but later changed
McMillonPork imoges courtesg of Dovid Monock (top),
Ford (center left), Alex Erkiietion (bottom left, right).
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