National Park Service
News Release Date: September 28, 2022
CONCORD, Mass. – Minute Man National Historical Park will receive approximately $27 million from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to address maintenance needs for the park’s buildings, structures, landscape, trails, signage and monuments. A $14.8 million contract was recently awarded to start phase 1 of the project which will include interior and exterior rehabilitation and preservation work on 16 historic structures, including the repair or upgrade of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
“Thanks to the funding from GAOA, the park will bring many of our iconic structures, monuments and trails back into good condition. The timing of this funding will improve the visitor experience beyond the nation’s 250th anniversary and allow future generations to be inspired by what happened right here in the struggle for liberty,” said Park Superintendent Simone Monteleone.
The work will take place throughout the park beginning in late fall 2022 and will continue into 2025, the 250th anniversary year of the opening battle of the American Revolution. A video about this transformative project is available—Minute Man National Historical Park and the Great American Outdoors Act Video.
The later phase of the project will include landscape improvements such as preserving stone walls and enhancing views and vistas. The Battle Road Trail, the core of the park's interpretive and recreational connections, will be repaired to provide a seamless and informative path for visitors. Additional work will enable the landscape to highlight the agricultural history of Massachusetts in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries through replanting and vegetation maintenance and improved wayfinding signage.
In 2021, Minute Man National Historical Park had 983,000 visitors who spent an estimated $64 million in local communities. These expenditures supported a total of 810 jobs, $38.7 million in labor income, $60.4 million in value added, and $97.7 million in economic output in local gateway economies.
GAOA, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and other construction funding sources are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive deferred maintenance and repair backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA’s Legacy Restoration Fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
About Minute Man National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park protects the historic structures and landscapes associated with the opening battle of the American Revolution which occurred on April 19, 1775. Many of the historic structures and landscapes in the park stand as witnesses to the events that happened at the North Bridge and along the Battle Road as the colonists engaged with the British regulars during their retreat to Boston. For more information, visit: www.nps.gov/mima