Press Release Nov 10, 2015

National Park System Welcomes Manhattan Project National Historical Park

NPCA celebrates addition of Manhattan Project National Historical Park as 409th national park

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) celebrates the addition of Manhattan Project National Historical Park as the 409th national park within America’s National Park System. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed an agreement today to establish the park, which is comprised of three sites: Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington.

“Today’s official designation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, our 409th national park, has been many years in the making and we’re thrilled to see it formally announced,” said Kristen Brengel, NPCA’s Senior Director of Legislation & Policy. “These national park sites will share unique American stories about science, technology, war, peace, and the important roles which women and minorities played in shaping our workforce and world history. These and other important issues will now be shared with visitors far and wide, by the best storytellers in the country: our National Park Service.”

NPCA worked for more than five years to include the Manhattan Project in our National Park System with partners, federal agencies, Congressional leaders, community stakeholders, and NPCA supporters.


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