Sen. Carper to testify on Delaware National Park Bill

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will make his case for a national park in Delaware Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Carper will testify in front of the Subcommittee on National Parks on the First State National Historical Park Act of 2011, which authorizes a national park in Delaware.

Delaware remains the only state without a national park.

“For years, I have been working with federal officials, state officials, community leaders and activists to find a theme and a park that fits well within Delaware,” Carper said. “National parks are an invaluable resource for understanding our nation’s historic and cultural heritage, as well as our natural environment.”

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The First State National Historical Park Act of 2011 would create a park celebrating early American Dutch, Swedish and English Settlements located throughout Delaware, and Delaware’s role in the events leading up to the founding of our nation. The park will include sites and attractions in each of Delaware’s three counties.

The legislation also allows the Park Service to work with other historically significant sites related to the national park’s scope to be included in support materials, tours and programs. 

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