The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Architect of the Capitol (AOC) have made improvements to provide a safe and accessible route from Bartholdi Park to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial and upgrade the aging infrastructure of the historic Park.
Bartholdi Park, a two-acre historic park in the USBG jurisdiction was developed in 1932 and is located south of the USBG Conservatory. For the last 85 years, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden where visitors can learn the latest horticultural techniques translatable to their home gardens and landscapes. It is also a favorite location of visitors and employees of Capitol Hill buildings. The Park's focal point is a magnificent classical fountain created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, for the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
While the Bartholdi Fountain was restored in 2011, the Park had not been updated since its installation in 1932. Improvements replaced aging infrastructure, improved seating areas, restored the currently non-functional northwest fountain and realigned pathways for compliance, accessibility and connection to the newly installed American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial located adjacent to the Park. The improvement project was designed and built using the Sustainable SITES Initiative, a system of criteria for sustainable landscape design and construction.
For additional questions related to this project, please contact Devin Dotson, Public Affairs Specialist for the USBG, at 202.306.6743.