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Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites in Serious Jeopardy
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Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The National Trust is galvanizing its members and preservation advocates in Missouri and asking them to contact legislators in support of funding for state parks. Missouri is widely recognized as having one of the finest systems of state parks and historic sites in the nation, attracting 16 million visitors a year. However, the future of state parks and the historic sites contained within are in serious jeopardy unless they receive a major infusion of capital improvement funds to maintain and upgrade aging facilities. The system currently has a backlog of more than $175 million for such projects as the state is battling the current economic downtown.

Currently, there are several options for dealing with the capital improvement needs of state parks and historic sites in the current session of Missouri General Assembly. One is securing an amendment in the state senate to add $75 million and include parks in House Joint Resolution 32 (HJR 32), which would establish a $700 million Fifth State Building Bond and Interest Fund for buildings at institutions of higher education. Another option is to include funding for state parks in any appropriation from Missouri’s share of federal stimulus or stabilization funds.

The Trust is urging Missouri preservation advocates to contact their senators and representatives and ask them to support “Ten Percent for State Parks” in any capital improvements bond issue for state facilities (including HJR 32) or any appropriation for capital improvements from federal stimulus or stabilization funds.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Missouri State Parks, funding, historic sites, endangered history

Posted: April 26, 2009
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