Image: Sam Kittner
King, Jr. Memorial
John Paul Jones Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Current High Tide: 3'
Current Low Tide: 0'
Approx. Max. Bottom of Basin: -6.90'
Average Elevation of the Tidal Basin Hard Edge: 3.52'
20 Year Prediction:
Average +1.8' Relative Sea Level Rise
High Tide: 4.8'
50 Year Prediction:
Average +6' Relative Sea Level Rise
High Tide: 9'
Increased tourism at the site and the ever-expanding city inhibit pedestrian circulation.
Record crowds collide with security barriers, impeding ease of movement.
Contributing to the substantial wear and tear on the Tidal Basin are the record crowds that continue to gather year-round to enjoy its scenery, monuments, and recreational opportunities. Growing visitation and competing demands has the National Park Service struggling to keep pace with the cost and scale of needed improvements at the Tidal Basin.
These adverse conditions—combined with visitor facilities, educational opportunities, and a lack of connection to streets and neighborhoods beyond the Tidal Basin—all threaten the longevity and continued relevance of this significant and cherished place. New approaches are needed.