U.S. Senate Declares April 15-23 National Park Week with Bipartisan Show of Support

U.S. Senate Declares April 15-23 National Park Week with Bipartisan Show of Support

It’s official! Last night (April 5), the U.S. Senate – by unanimous consent -- declared April 15-23 National Park Week. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, led the effort to pass the resolution, which was co-sponsored by 34 other Senators from both sides of the aisle. The resolution “encourages the people of the United States and the world to visit and experience the treasured national parks of the United States.” The full resolution is here.

The recreation community strongly supported the resolution – including Kampgrounds of America CEO Pat Hittmeier, who sent a letter of support to Senator Daines, saying, “We acknowledge and support the important role played by our National Parks during the last century to enhance the lives of all Americans. These national treasures truly offer a peace and tranquility that has become a vital release during the stressful lives of all Americans, and adds to our desire for more healthful lifestyles.”

To celebrate National Park Week, the National Park Service is offering system-wide fee-free days the weekends of April 15-16 and 22-23 and many park units are holding special events. National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to enjoy healthy, active fun outdoors on America’s public lands and waters. To find an event near you, click here. For a complete list of fee-free days on federal lands and waters, click here.