A New National Park for the Blackstone River Valley
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the legislation that established the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, the 402nd park in the national park system. The same legislation also extends the authorization of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor for six years, through the end of Fiscal Year 2021, and adds the Town of Auburn, Massachusetts, and additional portions of Providence, Rhode Island to the Heritage Corridor.
The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park was established to help preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant resources that exemplify the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley. The park will also support the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape features (including the Blackstone River and Canal) of the region that provide an overarching context for the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley.
In addition, the park will interpret the nationally significant sites and districts that convey the industrial history of the Blackstone River Valley, and work to support the network of partners, related resources, and facilities throughout the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
While the final boundaries of the Park have not yet been established, the Park will include:
This legislation is just the beginning of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. There is much work to do before the vision of the legislation comes to life. Now National Park Service professionals in park planning, land acquisition, interpretation, and administration –with input from communities and partners –will begin to take the steps necessary to get a new park in operation.
The general management plan for the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park will be completed within three years of the date on which funds are made available. The National Park Service looks forward to working with all of you over the next few years on the planning and development of YOUR newest National Park.