National Mall and Memorial Parks (also known as National Capital Parks-Central) is an administrative unit of the National Park Service . National Mall and Memorial Parks Washington established in 1965, National Mall and Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The areas within National Mall & Memorial Parks provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; celebrate the United States commitment to freedom and equality.
The National Mall is America’s front yard where the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capital Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces. Fords Theatre, The House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall & Memorial Parks.