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Chattahoochee River Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Naturalization Ceremony

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Date: September 25, 2013
Contact: Rudy Evenson, NPS, 678-538-1241
Contact: Ana Santiago, USCIS, 305-793-9919

Sandy Springs, Ga. - In celebration of National Public Lands Day Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) will host its first-ever naturalization ceremony with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS.) At 9:00 a.m., 75 new citizens will take the oath of citizenship on Hewlett Field at Island Ford(1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, Georgia, 30350.)

“Many other national parks host naturalization ceremonies every year,” said CRNRA Acting Superintendent Scott Pfeninger. “This will be a first for Chattahoochee River so we’re honored to welcome new citizens into the nation in our park. By holding this ceremony here, we are able to introduce new citizens to the land we all share, which is the purpose of National Public Lands Day.”

In addition to hosting the naturalization ceremony, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will join all 401 national parks in waiving entry fees. The usual $3 entry fee will not be collected from visitors at any of the park’s picnic areas or boat ramps on Saturday, September 28. CRNRA annual passes will still be available for sale at the Island Ford Visitor Center and online, as will the $80 nationwide annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands. This pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents.


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Did You Know?

Visit the Hooch!

That the word Chattahoochee means painted rock in the Cherokee language. The Cherokee made their homes along the Chattahoochee River for thousands of years until they were forced out in the 1830s.