Franklin Square Park

Park, Plaza
950 13th St. NW (I St. NW)
Washington, DC 20005


  • Franklin stands as one of the largest downtown plots to remain open space since mapped by LEnfant in 1791. Natural springs here once supplied water to the White House. New dev plans are in the works.
  • Originally a city block, Franklin Square was the site of several natural springs, and the government purchased the property and by 1832 installed pipes to carry water to the White House and Executive
  • Great hangout spot during your lunch break...grab a bench and enjoy.
  • Don't walk through the park at night unless you want to see people performing auto-fellatio.
  • Across 13th Street is the historic Franklin School, scene of Alexander Graham Bell's first wireless message, sent over a beam of light to a building at 1325 L Street, June 3, 1880.
  • Sauca truck is great! Try Pork Bah Mi flatbread.
  • Java Cove DC serve delicious Beef Rendang and Chicken curry. With Regular menu Chicken satay , Spring roll ,Oriental Veggie and Corn Fritters.
  • Squirrel nation
  • Be wary of the water fountains, I've seen them used as a washing machine.
  • This park makes me sad.
  • Food trucks congregate on the east side of the park weekdays for lunch.
  • Great place to grab a seat, read a book or munch on your lunch. There's plenty of park benches and lawn space to sit but NEVER feed the pigeons or they'll chase you for the rest of your lunch
  • Also a much better option for getting up to Columbia Heights vs. Green line any day: quicker, faster, cheaper.
  • There's always a great lunchtime scene. There's no reason not to picnic every weekday, weather permitting.
  • Watch out for the turdburglars at night
  • Cajunator food truck for lunch... shrimp PO boy was amazing
  • This park would be so nice if it wasn't full of trash and crazy people.
  • A lot of homeless people frequent this particular park.
  • Lovely reading spot! Lots of shade...
  • Donovan House concierge Clay recommends coming here for the food trucks. His top three: Sauca, Lobster Truck, and SOL Mexican Grill.

Nearby places

K St NW (at 15th St NW)
Thomas Circle (at M St NW)
13th St NW (at K St NW)