Constitution Gardens

Consitution Gardens at Sunrise – © David H. Enzel, 2023

Constitution Gardens is located between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Constitution Gardens, Washington, DC – © David H. Enzel, 2022

The 50-acre park was originally beneath the Potomac River. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a dredging project that created the land that became Potomac Park. The U.S. Navy built the Main Navy and Munitions Buildings as temporary offices on the land during World War I. The buildings were demolished in 1971. President Nixon later ordered that a park be established on the land, and in 1976, Constitution Gardens was dedicated as a “living legacy American Revolution Bicentennial tribute.” Constitution Gardens has been a separate park unit since 1982.

Constitution Gardens has a small pond, which contains the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence on an island open to pedestrians.

Constitution Gardens, Washington, DC – © David H. Enzel, 2020

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