Push continues for national park in Delaware

February 22, 2011, 3:44 pm

Delaware is the only state in the country without a national park, and for almost a decade, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has been working to establish one.

Earlier this month, the First State National Historical Park Act of 2011 was introduced to possibly bring the idea to fruition.

"Every year, millions of Americans plan their vacations around one of our nation's most invaluable resources -- the national park system," Carper said in a release.

In 2006, Congress passed legislation for the National Park Service to study areas within the state to determine the feasibility of the project.

The study was completed in early 2009, and legislation was first introduced later that year. The Energy and Natural Resources Senate Subcommittee on National Parks then held a hearing in spring 2010 and recommended changes.

Officials tweaked the legislation with the help of state officials and community leaders to where it stands today.

"The legislation ... celebrates Delaware's rich history and brings us one step closer to making the Delaware National Park a reality," Carper said.

The proposition is that the park consist of small hubs in each of the state's three counties, instead of one large park designated to one area.

Pending locations include Sussex County's Ryves Holt House in Lewes, Dover Green in Kent County and the Old New Castle Courthouse in New Castle County.

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