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Lake Mead celebrates Park Service’s 98th anniversary with free admission


LAKE MEAD: Visitors pay no entrance fees Aug. 25 in commemoration of NPS formation

Photo courtesy of NPS

Photo courtesy of NPS

– Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $10 Aug. 25. Birthday cake will also be available at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m.

“It’s a fun time at Lake Mead National Recreation Area,” said Patrick Gubbins, deputy superintendent.

“We’re celebrating the park’s 50th anniversary along with the founding of the National Park Service. We want everyone to join the party.”

At the visitor center, guests can explore the botanical gardens, see a huge relief map of the park and learn about the park from exhibits.

Lake Mead Desert Bighorn SheepAnother popular attraction is the award-winning park film, “Life in the Desert.” It shows every 30 minutes in the auditorium and is now available for the first time on DVD in the park store. The gift shop will also offer 15 percent off select items.

For 50 more things to do at the park, visit the Lake Mead website.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.

Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964 as the National Park Service’s first national recreation area to preserve the recreation potential and scenic, historic, scientific and other important features of the area.

Last year, more than six million park visitors enjoyed the site and added $260 million to the local economy and supported nearly 3,000 area jobs.

The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Nevada or Arizona, go to visit www.nps.gov/nevada or www.nps.gov/arizona. | iH


 

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