August 21, 2014
Contact: Liz Davis
WASHINGTON – Assateague Island National Seashore will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $15 on Monday, August 25.
“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party,” said Assateague Island National Seashore Superintendent Debbie Darden. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. Come to Assateague Island and enjoy the last great days of summer. Get some sand between your toes, feel the ocean breeze and explore all the island has to offer.”
In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.
Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov.
Assateague Island National Seashore was established September 25, 1965 to protect the island and surrounding waters for public outdoor recreational use and enjoyment. Last year, more than 2,056,827 park visitors enjoyed the site and added $84,350,400 to the local economy and supported 1,052 area jobs.
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Maryland and Virginia, go to www.nps.gov/MD or www.nps.gov/VA.