U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Centiennial Initiative

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
Date: March 13, 2007
Sean Hennessey,
(617) 242-5616

Media Advisory

National Park Service Hosts Listening Session on $3 Billion National Park Centennial Initiative

(Boston, MA) --- On March 15, 2007, National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Chrysandra Walter will host a listening session at Faneuil Hall to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush’s $3 billion National Park Centennial Initiative. The session is one in a series that are being held around the country. The President’s proposal would provide significant new public and private investment during the next ten years to reinvigorate and strengthen national parks by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016.

Participants are being asked to focus their comments on three vital questions:

  • Think of your children and grandchildren enjoying national parks in 2016 and beyond. How do you imagine their visit? What are your hopes and expectations?

  • What role do you think national parks should play in the lives of Americans and visitors from around the world?

  • What are the signature projects and programs that you think should be highlighted for completion over the next 10 years?

“These sessions are a great opportunity to think big and act boldly to develop a plan to prepare national parks for the future," said National Park Service Director Mary Bomar. From the session discussions, the Interior Department and the National Park Service will identify signature projects and programs, set specific performance goals and report to the President by May 31st. The public also may comment on the National Park Centennial Challenge from March 12 through March 31 online at the following site: www.nps.gov/2016.

WHO: NPS Northeast Regional Director Chrysandra Walter
WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative
WHEN: Thursday March 15, 2007; 5:00—7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
MEDIA: All credentialed news media are welcome to attend.

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