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Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115
KEYSTONE, SD: Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announces the beginning of the pet and smoking boundary establishment at Mount Rushmore National Memorial effective Friday, May 1, 2015.
In 2016, the National Park System will observe its 100th anniversary and one of the focus points for the system’s second century is the initiative entitled "Healthy Parks, Healthy People". This initiative grew from the idea that our National Treasures are places of physical and spiritual renewal. In support of this initiative, beginning May 1, visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial will find that a specifically designated area for pets and smoking has been established in the park.
The boundary of this newly designated area is set at the perimeter of the parking structure, includes the first pergola or archway reached by visitors as they walk from the parking structure toward the memorial grounds, and ends before the Main Restroom and Information Center. (Please see the facilities map highlighting the designated smoking and pet area in orange.) The area beneath the first pergola or archway is included as a place where visitors may smoke and pet owners may have their pets. Use of electronic cigarettes in the park is limited to the designated pet and smoking area. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), may continue to accompany their owner during their park visit.
For more information about the park, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s official website at www.nps.gov/moru or call (605) 574-2523.