Constitution Gardens is a living legacy to the funding of the republic as well as an oasis in the midst of a city landscape. The 50 acres of the park were originally beneath the Potomac River. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a dredging project that created the land that became Potomac Park.
Beginning in World War I, the government maintained “temporary” office buildings on this site for use by the United States Navy and Munitions Department. Nicknamed “Tempos,” these structures remained until the 1970s when President Richard M. Nixon ordered their removal. After the Navy finally withdrew from them, the buildings were demolished in 1971. President Nixon then directed that a park be laid out on the land, leading to the creation of Constitution Gardens. Click Here