AP Exclusive: National Mall ideas released

Published April 9, 2012 7:18AM (EDT)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has an early look at the finalists in the design competition to overhaul neglected sites on the National Mall in Washington.

The plans include lakeside gardens, underground pavilions at the Washington Monument and grassy new amphitheaters.

The competition was conducted by the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall to help restore sites for the National Park Service. The finalists' concepts go on display Monday through Sunday at the Smithsonian Castle and National Museum of American History.

Since last September, architects and designers have been competing for the chance to make over areas near the Capitol, Washington Monument and Constitution Gardens.

Each of the designs would bring major changes, adding amenities including food options and restrooms.

By Salon Staff

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