The lawn of the National Mall has already been undergoing construction, and now there are further plans to redesign the Constitution Gardens, located between the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. After a national design competition in 2012, Rogers Partners and PWP Landscape won with a design meant to recreate the 50-acre plot of land into a retreat perfect for public recreational activities, including ice-skating, picnics, and year-round special events on the pavilion's plaza.
The designs include construction of a 160-foot-long pavilion, 18-inch retaining wall along Constitution Avenue, glass-walled restaurant on the north side, and grand staircase that leads down to the lake on the south side. The nearby historic Lockkeeper's House will be relocated and rehabilitated. With unanimous approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and The National Capital Planning Commission, the first phase of the project will move forward and is expected to be completed 2016.