A 1.4-acre plot of land east of downtown Takoma Park has long been eyed for development. While a neighborhood food co-op has sat on part of it for 20 years, a new plan to redevelop the space envisions restaurants, cafes, a parking garage and office space.
Just a few years ago, the “nation’s front yard” looked more like a neighborhood eyesore. Blotchy, dusty patches of grass long beaten down by years of big events, sports leagues and tourists — up to 33 million per year — had turned the National Mall’s lawn into a mess. But a $40 million reconstruction of the Mall between Third and 14th streets has given new life to this iconic park. Leading the makeover is Michael Stachowicz, a former golf course manager who is rethinking the technology, agronomy and care behind this tough turf. Kojo talks with Stachowicz about the science behind the new grass on the Mall, and what visitors should expect when they visit this verdant patch of D.C.
- Michael Stachowicz Turf Management Specialist, National Park Service
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