Centennial Initiative 2016

Tropic Ditch flowing down towards Mossy Cave Trail. Brian B. Roanhorse
Tropic Ditch flowing down towards Mossy Cave Trail.

Photographed by Brian B. Roanhorse 12 May, 2016.


Centennial Vision
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.

On August 25, 2006 – the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners and experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.

A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America’s National Parks.

Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years! Read Bryce Canyon's Centennial Initiative Strategy.

To keep up with the Centennial Initiative and to experience the interactive version of The Future of America’s National Parks and special features please visit the centennial website at https://www.nps.gov/2016.

Shared-Use-Path, Solar Array, Thor's Hammer collage

Shared-Use-Path and CPV Solar Array Celebration
You're invited to the Grand Opening of the Bryce Canyon Shared-Us-Path and the activation of the Bryce Canyon National Park CPV Solar Arrays

11:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2016
Bryce Canyon City Shuttle Staging Area

Bryce Canyon Share-Use-Path
Five miles of paved pathway meeting current outdoor accessibility guidelines for share use with maximum grades less that 5% connecting Bryce Canyon City to the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center while traversing through the Dixie National Forest. The Pathway also connects to the major features within the park such as the General Sore, Bryce Canyon Lodge, Sunrise and Sunset Points, ending at Inspiration Point.

Relocate to the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center Parking Area to commemorate the successful activation of the Visitor Center CPV solar Arrays.

Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Arrays
Two Dual tracking, 70 KW CPV solar arrays to power the park's visitor center during daytime operations and return any surplus power generated to the supply grid.

Last updated: May 16, 2016

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