Tuesday, August 08, 2017 01:29 PM

CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK RECEIVES CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE FUNDS FROM FRIENDS OF MOCCASIN BEND

On July 22, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute more than $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states, including $143,733 at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to construct an orientation plaza and park trails at Moccasin Bend National Archeological Distric. The funding for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will be matched with $287,546 from the Friends of Moccasin Bend.

Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

Our national parks span twelve time zones and attract more than 330 million visitors every year. This puts an incredible stress on the aging infrastructure at our parks and thanks to Centennial Challenge Grants and the generosity of public-private partners, we are able to distribute funds to rebuild our parks, said Secretary Zinke. Using public-private partnerships to help address the deferred maintenance backlog remains a priority for the Department and the Trump Administration. Park infrastructure includes ...

News source: The Chattanoogan.com

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