Stephen Clark, Superintendent of the five Western Pennsylvania National Park Service sites, invites the public to attend the second annual State of the Parks program. The program will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the park theater at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork, PA. The five National Park Service sites that will be featured during the program are: Flight 93 National Memorial, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. These parks are vital and relevant contributors to both the communities in which they are located and the region at large. In addition to strengthening partnerships with community agencies in 2018, these parks look to create new partnerships.
Clark plans to provide an update on various projects including:
· The Flight 93 National Memorial Tower of Voices project.
· The Johnstown Flood National Memorial Lakebed Clearing project.
· The Allegheny Portage Railroad Visitor Center Updating project.
· Fort Necessity National Battlefield Meadow Restoration.
· Friendship Hill National Historic Site Repair of Thomas Claire Trails.
Clark will also provide information on the visitation trends at the five parks. National Park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Parks, and it’s a big factor in the regional economy.
During this two hour program, Superintendent Clark will also share information on special events, educational programs planned for 2018, and then conclude by taking questions from the audience.