#FindYourPark on Fee-Free MLK Day
January 17, 2020 By Will Brown, Senior Director, Government Relations, U.S. Travel Association
All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission on January 20.
While many Americans are bundled up and hunkered down for the winter, it is actually the perfect time to get outside and #FindYourPark. Take advantage of the thinner crowds and beautiful winter scenery and visit a National Park Service (NPS) site free of charge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20).
Learn about Dr. King’s life at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, follow in the footsteps of voting rights activists on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail or visit memorials dedicated to Dr. King and the civil rights movement in Washington, DC or Birmingham, AL. Other parks around the country will have special events and volunteer opportunities in honor of MLK Day.
As we remember America’s history this weekend, Congress should prioritize its preservation. Gateway communities across the country rely on well-maintained parks and robust visitation, but a $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog jeopardizes the future of the parks.
U.S. Travel urges Congress to support the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225) and the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 500) to establish a dedicated source of funding for the national parks and ensure their viability for generations to come.
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