Thousands sign petition against proposed National Mall sports ban

WASHINGTON — Thousands signed an online petition over the span of about 24 hours in hopes to sway the National Park Service’s proposal to ban sports on a number of athletic fields along the National Mall this week.

“We want the petition to be an opportunity for people to have their voices heard,” said Robert Kinsler with the local sports organization DC Fray.

Kinsler launched the petition Monday morning. It quickly attracted more than 2,000 signatures and continues to grow.

“It’s moving in a good direction and off to a great start,” Kinsler said. “We think that people want the park space to be utilized for its original intended purpose, which is recreation.”

Last week, the park service announced that it wants to permanently prohibit sports and recreation on fields between 3rd and 17th streets, which includes the Washington Monument grounds.

Those grounds were closed for…

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