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About Us


Under 40 U.S.C. 550(b) and (e), the National Park Service's Federal Lands to Parks Program conveys surplus federal land to communities, usually at no cost, for public park and recreation purposes. Over 1,575 properties, approximately 178,000 acres, have been transferred to state and local governments for parks and recreation areas since the program's inception in 1949. The Program also helps assure continued public access and stewardship of resources.

What We Do

The Federal Lands to Parks Program assists communities in getting land from the federal government, from finding out and applying, through getting ownership. The program advocates on behalf of the communities for acquisition of the appropriate land and helps ensure permanent public recreational use and stewardship of the land conveyed for park use.

Program Results

By participating in the Federal Lands to Parks Program, communities throughout the nation have

  • Expanded park and recreational amenities to play sports, improve quality of life, help revitalization efforts and attract businesses

  • Protected open spaces, extended hiking trails, and opened boating and fishing access

  • Preserved historical and natural resources such as forts and lighthouses, shorelines and wildlife habitat

  • Converted abandoned military bases into widely used, productive recreational assets

  • Renewed a sense of community among neighbors through community gardens, senior and cultural centers, local parks, and other gathering places
The National Park Service also houses the Historic Surplus Property Program, a related program specifically for historic properties, and the Maritime Heritage Program which will provide information on historic light stations.
Challenge Cost Share Program | Federal Lands to Parks | Hydropower Relicensing Program
Land and Water Conservation Fund | Conservation and Outdoor Recreation | National Trails System
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers | Rivers and Trails Program | Urban Park and Recreation Recovery
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