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Mayor McGee Announces Passage of National Parks Resolution

The City of Ridgeland passed a resolution today honoring America’s National Park System and its 100th anniversary.

The resolution asks Congress to adequately fund the National Park Service (NPS).

In light of a history of congressional underfunding, the resolution calls on Congress to create a reliable and predictable stream of resources to help the NPS address deferred maintenance at its more than 400 sites.

The backlog affects visitor services and repairs to park infrastructure at these sites, which span 84 million acres across all 50 states. It also affects Mississippi’s eight national parks and 43 natural and historic landmarks and monuments, which generate over $198 million in economic benefits each year.

There is more than $308 million in deferred maintenance at national parks in Mississippi, including $11 million to critical systems like the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Natchez National Historic Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, and Vicksburg National Military Park.

“The Natchez Trace Parkway route runs through the very heart of our city,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. “Thousands of our residents use the Trace walking trails and cycle up and down the Trace from the Old Visitors Center location.  Our city enjoys a great network of bike trails that are enhanced by the Natchez Trace.  We encourage Congress to come together in a bipartisan agreement to fund the deferred maintenance along the Natchez Trace and in the other parks in our state and across our nation—doing so will support an important economic engine for Mississippi.”

Under Mayor McGee’s leadership, Ridgeland has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community, Tree City USA, and has received multiple awards for its parks. The Mayor also has plans for a City Center and expansion of the Ridgeland Multiuse Trail.

Tupelo and Vicksburg have also passed similar resolutions.

Download PDF of the resolution.