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Office of Communications
News Release

For Immediate Release
Release Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Contact: Bill Line, Margie Ortiz, 202-619-7474
National Park Service to host Second Town Hall Meeting;
Public, Congresswomen Norton invited

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Park Service, National Capital Region (NCR) will hold a public Town Hall meeting to provide an opportunity for greater Washington area residents to interact with and ask questions of NCR officials who manage four National Parks contained either entirely or in part in the District of Columbia.

Date, time and location of the public Town Hall meeting are as follows:

Date/time: Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020

The meeting will start with a 30-minute Open House, with Superintendents from five National Parks--the National Mall and Memorial Parks, Rock Creek Park, National Capital Parks-East, President's Park and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along with other Regional Management staff. The five Superintendents will then make a presentation about each of their parks, focusing on summer recreation and related summer events. The remainder of the meeting will be an open forum format, with the Superintendents and NCR management staff answering questions submitted in writing or verbally at microphones.

Banners, posters along with copies of informational materials regarding special events, July 4th preparations, summer concert series information at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Fort Dupont, the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds, the concert series on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, and military concerts, along with information on a variety of recreational and volunteer opportunities in these parks will be available.

This meeting follows a meeting held last October in the same style and format that included D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. Similar, future Town Hall meetings are being planned for this fall, winter and in spring of 2013.


Bill Line
Communications & Tourism Officer
National Park Service
National Capital Region
1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, D.C. 20242
Main office: (202) 619-7222; direct dial: (202) 619-7177; cell: (202) 359-0321; Fax: (202) 619-7302

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In Memory of Bill Line

BIll Line, Associate Regional Director for Communications, of the National Capital Region, National Park Service, passed away on October 7 at the age of 56.

Bill served as the face and voice of the national parks in the Washington D.C. area since 2001. In addition to the usual park issues, Bill was the principle media contact for the annual blooming of the Japanese Cherry Trees along the Tidal Basin, the Fourth of July events on the Mall, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, Presidential Inaugurations, Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations, dedications of the new monuments and memorials, and countless special events taking place on the National Mall.

Bill was a caring, compassionate person who loved the National Park Service and particularly the parks of greater Washington D.C. His charming presence and selfless dedication will be missed by all.

Prior to joining the NPS, Bill worked for the National Science Foundation, ABC and Fox News. Bill was an avid bicyclist, and was active in his church and with the YMCA. He is survived by two sisters and two brothers.

A native of Wisconsin, Bill received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master's degree from American University.


Did You Know?

a picture of a campsite in the Greenbelt Park campground located in Maryland just 13 miles from the White House

The Greenbelt Park (located in Maryland)campground was built as part of Mission 66-the 50th birthday park improvement project of the National Park Service. The Greenbelt Park campground is just thirteen miles from the White House.