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from 500 to 5000 people being received there.

The other suggestion was to make two park-like areas for the two sections on each side of the central part, which is the elipse -- a park opposite the Red Cross Building, and a park out of Sheridan Square, to make them parks with fountains and sitting areas and kiosks and possibly a restaurant. Now, whether this will be accomplished or not, I don't know. We've gotten a substantial amount of money from Mrs. Zalles, as an offer to initiate the making of a fitting park with a fountain and plantings for the section opposite the Red Cross Building.

Q:

What is her particular interest?

Lasker:

Her grandfather was the first Park Commissioner of the city of Washington. He came in 1850. His name was Saul. She's very interested in it. I don't know what the result of that's going to be.

Q:

Did it have the blessing of the National Capital Planning Association?

Lasker:

Yes. We've just taken it up with Mr. Hartzog and Mrs. Johnson, She's interested in it and think that we should go ahead and develop it. And I think that Hartzog is too. Hartzog feels that it should be part of the overall Mall Plan, and we'll know what the results of it are in the next month.



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