Park Service Releases $750-Million List of Stimulus Projects

May 8, 2009

By Tom Ichniowski
This story first appeared in Engineering News-Record

Continuing the rollout of federal agencies’ economic-stimulus plans, the Interior Department’s National Park Service has released its $750-million list of projects to be funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The list, published on April 22, totals 766 projects, including work on buildings, monuments, trails, and water and sewer lines.

The Ellis Island site will receive $8.8 million to stabilize the baggage and dormitory building.
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California receives the largest allocation, $97.4 million for 97 projects, including $16.1 million for work on trails, buildings, and water lines in Golden Gate National Park in San Francisco.

The District of Columbia ranks second, with $76.9 million for 11 projects, including $55.8 million to repair the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool, repairs to the Jefferson Memorial sea wall, and restoring the D.C. War Memorial.

Washington State has the third-largest sum, $62.2 million for 33 projects, including $54.7 million for six projects to prepare for removing the Elwha Dam and restoring the Elwha River basin in Olympic National Park.

The park service program also includes $15 million for projects at historically black colleges and universities.

Other project locations include Ellis Island in New York and Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. The Ellis Island site will receive $8.8 million to stabilize the baggage and dormitory building, and Dinosaur National Monument will get $13.1 million to tear down and replace condemned areas of the Quarry Visitor Center.

Read more economic news in our Recession and Recovery special section.

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