Source: Utah Public Radio
By Carter Moore
July 2, 2019
219 million dollars. That’s the price, according to the National Park Service, that it would cost to address the maintenance issues that have been deferred in Utah’s 14 parks, monuments and historical sites. Thanks to a bill introduced by US congressman from Utah Rob Bishop though, these projects may finally get funded.
“That would provide – over five years – over 6.5 billion to our parks and these high priority projects across the country and draw down half the backlog,” said Rebecca Knuffke, a researcher at the Pew Charitable Trust who works on the Restore America’s Parks project. “That would be a tremendous investment and help put our parks on the right foot forward in its second century.”
The trust found over $12 billion in deferred projects, including roads, bridges and historical sites, that as more visitors come to parks, will only get worse.