New Park Legislation
Legislation filed to create a new National Park in the Blackstone River Valley
Following the recommendations of extensive input from local stakeholders and historians, the new multi-site park would encompass land in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including the Blackstone River and its tributaries; the Blackstone Canal; the non-contiguous nationally significant historic districts of Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket; the villages of Slatersville (in North Smithfield) and Ashton (in Cumberland) Rhode Island; and Whitinsville (in Northbridge) and Hopedale in Massachusetts.
This page will be updated with any news about the progress of these bills into law.
To learn more about this legislation you may:
Click here to view a copy of the Senate bill to establish a new park.
Click here to view a press release about the Senate bill.
Click here to view a press release about the House bill.
Click here to view the Summary and Status of the Senate bill.
Click here to view the Summary and Status of the House bill.
On March 7, 2012 the bill was discussed before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. Click here to see a video of the hearing.
Did You Know?
Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.