National Parks Turn 100

One way to support our national parks is to attend an event to celebrate our national parks’ centennial.  On August 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., NPS will have a centennial event at Glen Echo Park, including an antique car show, historical presentations and a fashion show highlighting historic NPS uniforms, talented youth bands, including YAP! and Twenty20, a photobooth with on-site free printing, free carousel rides and many children’s activities.  Parking is in the lot at Glen Echo. The event is open to the public and not accessible via public transportation.  Info: rachel_lequire@nps.gov

More important than attending a celebration is advocating for our national parks.  Northern Virginia is blessed with many.  NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis has testified to Congress since 2010 that our national parks are seriously underfunded.  In fact, Congress appropriates only half of what is needed “to keep even with the deterioration of parks, roads, bridges, tunnels, historic homes and visitor centers,” he wrote in the May 13 Washington Post.  NPS’s maintenance backlog is around $12 billion.  The employees and stewards of our parks cannot do their job without resources.  See “Educate the Candidates” above.

The NPS centennial website is here.  And by the way, Virginia’s state parks are 80 years old this year.