National Park Deferred Maintenance Needs

National Park Deferred Maintenance Needs

National Park Deferred Maintenance Needs

The National Park Service (NPS) is entering its second century, and many of the 400-plus sites it manages are showing their age. Roads and bridges are crumbling; historic buildings and monuments are deteriorating; trails are rundown; and water, sewer, and electrical systems are outdated and sometimes unsafe. With record crowds contributing to wear and tear and federal funding unreliable, the agency is struggling to keep pace with repairs, estimated at $11.6 billion in fiscal year 2017. Use this tool, based on NPS data, to learn more about deferred maintenance at NPS sites across the county, in your state, and at your favorite park, including:

  • What types of infrastructure need repairs at each park site (such as buildings, roads, and trails).
  • Whether these repairs affect the park’s transportation or historic assets.
  • The estimated cost of the repairs.
  • How NPS prioritizes deferred maintenance work.
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In fiscal year {{ selectedYear }}, NPS had {{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'long') }}{{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'fullNum') }} in deferred maintenance across its 417 sites. This backlog includes crumbling roads and bridges; deteriorating historic buildings and monuments; rundown trails; and outdated and sometimes unsafe water, sewer, and electrical systems. In {{ selectedYear }}, this site had no documented deferred maintenance either because there were no assets at the site; there were no federally-owned assets at the site; or an inventory and assessment had not been completed. In {{ selectedYear }}, there was no documented deferred maintenance in this state’s portion of the park you selected. This could be because there were no assets in need of maintenance in this portion of the park or it could be the policy of NPS to document all park maintenance in the state where the park headquarters is located. In {{ selectedYear }}, national park units in {{ selectedTitle }} needed {{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'long') }}{{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'fullNum') }} to address deferred maintenance. In {{ selectedYear }}, {{ selectedTitle }} in {{ selectedState }} needed {{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'long') }}{{ dollarFormat(selectedYearData(selectedItem, 'totalDeferredMaintenance'), 'fullNum') }} to address deferred maintenance.
* State share (not park total)

NPS prioritizes park assets based on their importance to its mission of preserving and protecting the sites under its care. The agency uses five categories to allocate its limited maintenance funding.

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National park assets such as historic homes, battlefields, and cultural sites help document our nation’s history. It is critical that they be properly maintained so that current and future generations can enjoy and learn from them.

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The National Park Service manages over 10,000 miles of roads and hundreds of parking lots, bridges, and tunnels. This infrastructure must be properly maintained to ensure safe access to trails, campgrounds, seashores, monuments, and other sites.

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Historic maintenance

National park assets such as historic homes, battlefields, and cultural sites help document our nation’s history. It is critical that they be properly maintained so that current and future generations can enjoy and learn from them.

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Transportation maintenance

The National Park Service manages over 10,000 miles of roads and hundreds of parking lots, bridges, and tunnels. This infrastructure must be properly maintained to ensure safe access to trails, campgrounds, seashores, monuments, and other sites.

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National priority assets

NPS prioritizes park assets based on their importance to its mission of preserving and protecting the sites under its care. The agency uses five categories to allocate its limited maintenance funding.

  • Highest level
    Most important assets
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  • High level
    Important assets
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  • Medium level
    Supporting assets
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  • Low level
    Lower-priority assets
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  • Lowest level
    Minimal investment
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Historic maintenance

National park assets such as historic homes, battlefields, and cultural sites help document our nation’s history. It is critical that they be properly maintained so that current and future generations can enjoy and learn from them.

  • Historic
    National historic landmarks (NHL), National Register-listed (NRL), or National Register-eligible.
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  • Nonhistoric
    Assets that have not been evaluated, are not historic, or are noncontributing parts of an NHL/NRL district.
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Transportation maintenance

The National Park Service manages over 10,000 miles of roads and hundreds of parking lots, bridges, and tunnels. This infrastructure must be properly maintained to ensure safe access to trails, campgrounds, seashores, monuments, and other sites.

  • Transportation
    Includes bridges, tunnels, paved parking areas, and paved roadways.
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  • Nontransportation
    Other assets.
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