To Show Our National Parks Some Love, Congress Must Fund Repairs

Treasured sites face nearly $12 billion in overdue maintenance

Watch this video, share it with your friends, family, and lawmakers, and ask them to join the national call to Congress and the Administration to #FixOurParks.

For hundreds of years, Valentine’s Day has been a time to show people you care about how much you love them. This year, let’s extend that sentiment to our national parks by encouraging Congress to provide funding to restore those treasured natural, cultural, and historic sites and address their overdue repairs.  

Why? Because the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains  more than 400 sites nationwide, needs almost $12 billion to address deferred maintenance at the parks—issues ranging from crumbling roads, rotting historic buildings, and blocked trails to deteriorating memorials, and outdated water, sewer and electrical systems.

In 2016, Americans joined together to celebrate the Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Now, as the agency enters its second century, all of us who enjoy our parks should find it unacceptable that the NPS is struggling to properly maintain and protect these special places because of unreliable federal funding. 

This pipeline, which supplies drinking water for millions of Grand Canyon National Park visitors each year, needs $150 million worth of repairs.

© National Park Service

Let’s show our national parks some love, to ensure that future generations can experience the joy, discovery, and connections to American history that parks offer.

Glacier National Park view

Children enjoy a glorious view at Glacier National Park in Montana.

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The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on President’s Day—Feb. 20—providing a great opportunity to #FindYourPark.

Marcia Argust directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to restore America’s parks.

Trust Magazine: Why America's National Parks Need Help

Starved of funding, our national parks have fallen into grave disrepair over the past few decades, with a maintenance backlog that now exceeds $12 billion. The dawning of the National Park Service’s second century presents us with an urgent challenge: to rejuvenate America’s “best idea.”

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