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Date: August 9, 2006
Contact: Bernie Doyle, 808-422-2771 ext. 111

The Public is Invited to be Part of the Planning for the Replacement of the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor, O’ahu

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated planning for a project to replace the Visitor Center at the USS Arizona Memorial. Currently, the building is deteriorating due to foundation failure and differential settling of footings. In addition, the visitor experience has been impacted by long lines and wait times to visit the memorial. The NPS is preparing alternatives to replace the facility to provide an improved visitor experience and resolve the structural challenges.  The Visitor Center is located at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, and is owned and operated by the National Park Service.

As part of the planning phase, the NPS is holding two public open houses at the USS Arizona Visitor Center to present possible alternatives that are being considered. The format will include a brief presentation of the project and a question and answer session with NPS staff.  Participants will have the opportunity to be part of the planning process including commenting on the proposed alternatives or expressing concerns about the proposed project. The open houses will be held in one of the Visitor Center’s theaters on the following dates and times:

Thursday August 17, 2006 at 6:30 pm
Saturday August 19, 2006 at 3:00 pm

The Visitor Center is located at 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI  96818

There will be other opportunities for the public to comment on this project. The public will be able to comment on the alternatives presented at the meetings through September 16, 2006. Subsequently, the NPS will prepare and distribute environmental documentation for public review. Additional information on the project is available on the web at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/. We look forward to your participation at the public meetings.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There were 1.4 million gallons of fuel on the USS Arizona when she sank. Over 60 years later, approximately nine quarts still surfaces from the ship each day. Some Pearl Harbor survivors have referred to the oil droplets as "Black Tears."