Portman’s Restore Our Parks Act Benefit Ohio’s Eight National Park Sites 

CHILLICOTHE, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith in a tour of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park to see firsthand the $2.1 million in long-delayed maintenance needs at the site.  The site would benefit from bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Portman and supported by the Trump administration called the Restore Our Parks Act, which would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS).  The bill has been praised by key stakeholders across the country.   

“Today I visited the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and was able to see firsthand the unmet maintenance needs that need attention, including the exterior of the visitor center and trail repair,” said Portman. “I’m committed to protecting our parks and that’s why I recently introduced the bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act to help address the nearly $12 billion backlog of long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service.  This includes more than $100 million in deferred maintenance at Ohio’s eight national parks, and $2.1 million here at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. I’m pleased that Deputy Director Smith was able to join me for this tour and I appreciate the Trump administration’s support for the Restore Our Parks Act.  These parks are national treasures and we must do our part to ensure that they can be enjoyed for many generations to come.” 

I appreciate the opportunity to join Senator Portman to discuss the deferred maintenance needs at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and across the National Park System,” said NPS Deputy Director Dan Smith. “Senator Portmans support of our nation's great national parks, including his leadership in introducing the Restore our Parks Act, will help us ensure that these extraordinary places continue to offer world-class visitor experiences today and for generations to come.”      

Recently, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS). The bill, which has been praised by key stakeholders, would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects at NPS sites across the country.  Notably, the measure would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites.  The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last month approved Senator Portman’s Restore Our Parks Act.  The legislation was approved by a strong, bipartisan vote of 19-4. Specifically, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has $2.1 million in unmet maintenance needs such as building renovations and infrastructure improvements. 

 Photos from the event are below: 

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