Bomar Wants Your Feedback on National Mall

Found today in a Pennsylvania newspaper, "National Mall is America's public space ~ commentary Mary A. Bomar". From the article:
Every year, more than 25 million people make their way onto the National Mall. What looks magnificent from a distance shows the wear and tear from those numbers. Increasingly evident are the effects of the most visitors to any national park and this level of use prevents sustaining a healthy landscape.

On any given day, as many as 30 to 50 permitted events and activities take place, ranging from small ceremonies to demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. So each year 10 tons of grass seed are planted and nearly 3,000 yards of sod replaced. And each day between 3 and 4 tons of garbage are collected and removed.
I ask for your help by inviting public participation in the planning process for the National Mall's future. As fellow Americans, we all have a stake in the outcome of the National Mall Plan. Please submit your ideas, comments and suggestions at

This is your chance to have input on the space where America and the world come to reflect, honor, and celebrate America's past and the promise for its future.

Mary Bomar is the current Director of the National Park Service