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The Constitution Gardens is a living legacy to the founding of the republic as well as provides a scenic spot with wildlife and landscape in the midst of the city. Located within the boundaries of the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Constitution Gardens is a 50-acre park is bounded on the south by the Reflecting Pool, on the north by Constitution Avenue, on the east by 17th St NW, on the west by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It encompasses an artificial lake with a memorial island in the middle with stones bearing the names and signatures of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution Gardens is home to famous monuments which is why it continues to have millions of visitors each year. It also serves as the venue for the annual naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens hosted by the National Park Service.

The land that later became the Constitutional Gardens used to be submerged beneath the Potomac River but was dredged at the beginning of the 20th century by the Army Corp of Engineers. During the World War I, it was used for offices and munitions storage. By 1970, all buildings were demolished partly due to lobbying by President Richard Nixon, who had served in the offices as a navy officer. He later ordered that a park be established on the land. The Constitution Gardens was dedicated in 1976 as a living legacy American Revolution Bicentennial tribute, and was designated a separate park unit in 1982.

The Constitution Gardens houses approximately 5,000 oak, maple, dogwood, elm and crabapple trees with paths throughout, and is open 24 hours a day. Rangers for this area may be found at the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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