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Date: April 22, 2009
Contact: Phil Sheridan, 215-597-0865



The National Park Service (NPS) today announced nearly 800 projects totaling $750 million that can be completed across the country with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (see release below). This major effort includes the following projects in the National Parks of New York Harbor, totaling more than $37 million:

Ellis Island - $26.1 million to stabilize the Baggage & Dormitory Building and parts of the island's seawall

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island - $2.5 million to install power and communications lines for perimeter security on Liberty and Ellis Islands

Gateway National Recreation Area - $700k to install photovoltaic equipment; sustainable, ADA compliant boardwalks; repair walls, plazas and restroom facilities at 6 Sandy Hook (NJ) beach centers

General Grant National Memorial - $250k to complete rehabilitation of the Grant's Tomb Overlook

Governors Island National Monument - $5.6 million for hazmat abatement and to stabilize Castle Williams

Hamilton Grange National Memorial - $2.4 million to complete restoration of the Grange

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA –The National Park Service (NPS) today announced nearly 800 projects totaling $750 million that can be completed across the country with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This major effort includes projects in the agency’s Northeast Region, which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland.

 

“These projects are an investment in America’s future that will create jobs, stimulate the economies of local communities, and get our country moving again,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “They are also an investment in telling the story of America to future generations through our national parks by conserving our awe-inspiring landscapes, our rich culture, and our great heritage.”

 

“We will use Recovery Act funding to make a difference in parks,” said Acting Director Dan Wenk. “We will fix trails, invest in energy efficient vehicles, build new visitor facilities, cleanup abandoned mine sites, increase our ability to generate power from the sun, and finally complete overdue maintenance on our buildings and roads.” 

 

A full list of National Park Service projects is available at www.interior.gov/recovery/nps.

 

A few examples in the Northeast Region are:

 

  • $9.4 million to rehabilitate 16 historic overlooks along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

 

  • $26 million to stabilize the Baggage and Dormitory Building and seawall at Ellis Island.

 

  • $5 million to rehabilitate Independence Hall Tower.

 

  • $448,000 to rehabilitate boardwalks in the Sinepuxent District of Assateague Island National Seashore.

 

  • $71,000 to install a photovoltaic system for headquarters and maintenance building at Adams National Historical Park.

 

“From the promise of liberty that lured millions to Ellis Island to the birthplace of our nation itself at Independence Hall, we will preserve the story of America for generations yet to come,” said Northeast Regional Director Dennis R. Reidenbach.

 

All the projects announced today are long-standing priorities of the National Park Service and meet the criteria put forth in the Recovery Act:  namely, that a project addresses the Department’s highest priority mission needs; generates the largest number of jobs in the shortest period of time; and creates lasting value for the American public.

 

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department’s economic recovery projects.  The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on the recovery web site and on www.interior.gov/recovery/nps.

 

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