THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 19, 1996
July 19, 1996
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING
Subject: National Children's Island
Today I signed into law H.R. 1508, the National Children's Island Act, which authorizes the development of a family oriented recreation park and a children's playground on islands in the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia. The creation of this project has had the strong support of the District of Columbia government. In addition, the National Park Service has worked for many years to improve this area. The project will bring much needed development into the area.
While it is my intent that this opportunity be made available to the children of the District of Columbia, I am also strongly committed to making sure that any development of these islands is consistent with the preservation of the natural and cultural resources on the site and in the vicinity. I will be looking to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) as the Federal watchdog to achieve these dual goals.
The Act specifies that any development plan be reviewed and approved by the NCPC. I expect the NCPC to be guided by the following principles:
I have also directed the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Defense, and the Administrator of General Services to assure that the NCPC fully complies with the recommendations detailed above. They shall seek to assure that all reviews done emphasize children's recreation and education, the protection and restoration of the Anacostia watershed, and the public interest of the adjacent neighborhoods.
These endeavors should result in a plan that will serve the economic and recreational needs of the District of Columbia in a fashion compatible with the preservation of important natural and cultural resources.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
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