After being featured as the premier Washington, DC area Volkswagen dealership by DC United, as seen here, it goes without saying that Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles has strong ties to the area. So when we heard that the auto brand had presented the nonprofit, Trust for the National Mall, with a gift of $10 million to go towards much-needed renovations, we became even more proud to offer new VW models at our dealership.
The backstory of the gift is partially rooted in Volkswagen CEO, Jonathan Browning’s experience at the National Mall following the auto brand’s U.S. headquarters’ move to the area. Though he is British, Browning immediately felt the sense of American pride within the Mall and said it even serves as a symbol of the land of the free, home of the brave, considering the National Mall is open for all to enjoy, free of charge.
Browning explained, “When you think it’s the sight of the transfer of power between presidents, when you think of the right to free speech and to demonstrate, but also the right to kind of socialize and enjoy yourself, the mall, to me, is an incredible microcosm of what U.S. life represents.”1
Volkswagen’s gift is the largest private gift to the nonprofit for restoring the national park. With 25 million visitors annually, the National Mall sees more people than Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone combined! So it comes to no surprise that all that love needs some love in return, with some touch-ups and renovations to accommodate so many visitors in the future.
The National Mall is like a backyard for us here in Sterling, VA and we are so excited to watch Volkswagen’s $10 million go towards making the park an even more enjoyable place to be. What suggestions do you have for the Trust for the National Mall committee in terms of distributing the money? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts on what the park needs most– more gardens, a monument, or perhaps a new restaurant? We’d love to hear what you have to say.