Washington Monument gets cash needed to re-open

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Park Foundation announced today that the Washington Monument will reopen in 2019 thanks to a generous donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein.

The project of re-opening it will cost $2-3 million. The monument has been closed since August due to serious elevator issues.

Rubenstein’s gift will allow the NPS to replace the computer system that controls the elevator and add a diagnostic system so problems are noticed and handled more quickly.

It will also provide funds to refurbish the existing elevator machine and gear; replace existing hardware, including door operators, hoist-way ropes, compensation cables, rollers, electrical conductors, breakers and power supplies, and the elevator cab ventilation system; install audio/visual screens in the elevator cab; and install code compliant landings every 30 feet in the elevator shaft.

“Mr. Rubenstein’s continued support for the Washington Monument will ensure generations of visitors can safely enjoy this historically significant monument for years to come,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service.