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National Park Service to host first regular meeting with D.C. residents tonight

The federal agency recently agreed to meet each quarter with locals

Rock Creek Park, a national park
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District residents will get some face time with National Park Service (NPS) officials this evening at the inaugural gathering the agency is holding as part of a series of standing meetings with locals. In a release Thursday, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Shaw at 6 p.m.

“NPS has important local responsibilities,” Norton says in a statement, “making frequent communication and transparency as essential for residents as for D.C.’s own services.” A majority of the parks in the District are located on land controlled and managed by NPS, including the National Mall, Franklin Square, Rock Creek Park, and many neighborhood parks. Norton originally announced in May that NPS had assented to quarterly meetings.

The idea behind the meetings is for residents to share feedback on NPS parks. The Kennedy Recreation Center—run by the District’s parks department—is located at 1401 7th Street NW.