Plans Given Final Approval
Francis Field: Revised 2020 Master Landscape Plan
Posted: April 20, 2020; updated August 10, 2020.
The new master plan is a revision a previous plan ordered by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission in July 2007, and given final approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in September 2009.1
Francis Field is also an element of Rock Creek Park. Less than half of it is National Park Service land, but all of it can be seen from that national park. Thus, the CFA has the final say over its design and landscape architecture.
The 2009 plan was intended to remain in force for at least ten years, and did.2
The need for additional improvements and a revision of the plan was suggested in June 2016 by Friends of Francis Field (FFF), which presented a multi-part improvement project to the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC-2A).
The project included planting additional trees, a study of irrigation, an experimental “greening” of the field with a private contractor, and a revision and update of the 2009 master plan. The entire project was to be done with private funding.
ANC-2A approved the total project in a resolution of June 2016.3 FFF then entered into a new partnership agreement with DPR to proceed with the project.4 The revised landscape plan, which essentially recorded changes that had been made since 2019, was drawn by the same landscape architectural firm that developed the 2009 plan.5
The non-controversial plan was presented to ANC-2A in February 21, 2019, and was approved on the same date in a unanimous resolution.6
It was approved by Delano Hunter, the DPR director, with only minor changes, on December 4, 2019.7 The federal CFA gave its approval on April 16, 2020.8 The final, approved plan is shown at right.
A large-size PDF document of this Revised Master Plan, with a scale, is on this website. It will open in a separate window.
Sub-Plan: Additional Tree Planting
The master plan also has two sub-plans, one for the placement and species of additional trees requested by the Urban Forestry Division of the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT).
The placement plan was drawn by the same landscape architect, Oculus, based on suggestions of species by DDOT. A detail of the Oculus drawing is shown at right.
A large-size PDF document of this Additional Tree Planting plan is on this website. It will open in a separate window.
Sub-Plan: Rear-Field Landscaping
The second sub-plan is for the landscaping of the rear-field area that was used as a construction easement for the conversion of the building at 2501 M Street from mixed-use office/residential to predominantly residential, with retail space on the ground level.
There are three sheets in this sub-plan, showing: 1) existing plantings, 2) additional trees, and 3) new plantings.
A large-size PDF document of this Rear-Field Landscaping Plan is on this website. It will open in a separate window.
01.See background article on this website describing the 2009 master plan and its development: The Master Landscape Plan for Francis Field, May 24, 2017.
02. This term of 10 to 15 years is stated in the original submission to the CFA: District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, Francis Field: Park Improvements, January 8, 2009. PDF.
03. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, Support for Improvements to Francis Field with Private Funding. June 15, 2016. PDF.
04. D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and Friends of Francis Field, Partnership Plan, 2019-2022, Attachment A.2. PDF.
05. See article on this website: New Francis Field Master Plan Changes Explained, February 11, 2019.
06. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A Revised Master Plan for Francis Field, February 21, 2019. PDF.
07. D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, Francis Field Updated Master Plan Approval, December 4, 2019. PDF.
08. U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Francis Field: Update of the Landscape Master Plan, Case 19/MAR/20-e: "Updates are reflective of current conditions and are consistent with the intention of the original master plan that was reviewed and approved in January 2009, and with the park's landscape design that was reviewed and approved in September 2009." Consent calendar, March 19, 2020.