American Memorial Park

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American Memorial Park

Northern Mariana Islands

(670) 234-7207

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Overview

American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. Over 5000 names are inscribed on a memorial which was dedicated June 15, 1994, during the 50th anniversary of the Invasion of Saipan. The Memorial rests at the park's Court of Honor and Flag Circle, where the U.S. flag proudly flies 24 hours a day, surrounded by the flags of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. As a "living memorial", the park offers activities, such as baseball, bicycling, running, tennis, picnicking, and swimming, enjoyed over half a century ago by American service men and women. Within the 133-acre boundary are beaches, sports fields, picnic sites, boat marinas, playgrounds, walkways, and a 30-acre wetland and mangrove forest.

Map of American Memorial

Latitude, Longitude: 15.219595, 145.731239

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a 70-slip marina for 20 to 45 foot pleasure boats. The marina is managed by the CNMI Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), Marine Operations Division in cooperation with the National Park Service. From here, tour boats depart for watersports activities, Managaha Island (a reef islet 1.5 miles from Saipan), and sunset cruises. The marina was built for private recreational use. Facilities include a parking lot, boat ramp, weigh station, docks, and restrooms. The National Park Service is responsible for activities on marina land, while DFW is responsible for managing the docks, water areas and operations.

    A 45-slip commercial boat marina for 25 to 100 foot boats is located at the northeastern outer cove peninsula. The marina is managed by the Marine Revitalization Corporation through a concession agreement with the National Park Service. Planned improvements include restrooms, a fueling station, a bilge pump, paved parking, picnic shelters, and a mini-mart.

  • Bicycling

    The 1.2-mile scenic pathway stretches from the Micro Beach Pavilion to the Puerto Rico landfill. Several historic structures can be seen along the path, including World War II Japanese pillboxes, bunkers, and fuel storage tanks. Activities permitted on the pathway include walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and skateboarding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on any of the park pathways at any time.

  • Hiking

    A picturesque bike and walking path runs from Micro Beach, past the Court of Honor and Flag Circle and Smiling Cove Marina, and ends at the Puerto Rico landfill. All areas of the park are accessible by paved or well-groomed roads and trails.

    The 1.2-mile scenic pathway stretches from the Micro Beach Pavilion to the Puerto Rico landfill. Several historic structures can be seen along the path, including World War II Japanese pillboxes, bunkers, and fuel storage tanks. Activities permitted on the pathway include walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and skateboarding.

  • Historic Sites

    Etched into stone plaques are the names of more than 5,000 military personnel who gave their lives during the Marianas WWII Campaign. The Memorial surrounds the tall American flag, flanked by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force flags.

    The Carillon Belltower is dedicated to the American and Northern Marianas people who died during World War II. In their remembrance, bells chime every half-hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    The park contains many remnant structures from World War II. Scattered throughout the park are Japanese pillboxes, buildings, fuel storage tanks, bunkers, and a bathhouse/garden complex. There is also a Chamorro Latte Stone near the park entrance where Beach Road ends.

  • Water Sports

    Micro Beach is one of the finest white sand beaches in Saipan. Overlooking the beautiful island of Managaha, Micro Beach is always filled with kayakers, swimmers, sunbathers, and windsurfers. Historically, it was the site of the first Carolinian village. Before heading out to sea, navigators would come to this area to interpret the stars before heading out to sea. Enjoy the fine white sand and crystal blue waters of Micro Beach.

Seasonality/Weather

The average temperature for Saipan is 81.5° F. It's generally warm and sunny throughout the year, with a pronounced rainy season from July through October. Comfortable summer attire, walking shoes, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Directions

Driving

Car - The park is centrally located along the western shoreline of Saipan, adjacent to downtown Garapan. Traveling from the airport, proceed north on Airport Road (Tun Herman Pan Highway) until the Road ends at Monsignor Guerrero Road (16 Highway). Turn left on Monsignor Guerrero Road, and continue until the Road ends at Beach Road. Turn right on to Beach Road, and keep going until the Road ends at the park's mall entrance.

Flying

Saipan Airport serves the entire island, with services within a few miles to American Memorial Park, over 5,200 miles from San Francisco, California and run by Commonwealth Ports Authority. For more information on possible car rentals, call 670-237-6500.

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