Pay Day for Parks

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Late last week the National Park Service announced that many of the nation’s national treasures are going to get big makeovers. This is a result of the National Park Centennial Initiative, a 10-year plan that will work to spruce up parks ahead of the National Park system’s 100-year anniversary in 2016. The Secretary of the Interior has already approved 110 projects for the 2008 fiscal year. According to the plan, of the total $2 billion needed to fix shelters, build trails, remove exotic species, and reconstruct visitor’s center, half will have to come from the government and the other half from private donations. Regional projects that have been approved for this year include the restoration of the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, building a new plaza in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, and the building of the Noonday Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail in Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

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