Letter to the Editor: Restore our parks

Letter to the Editor: Restore our parks

Letter to the Editor
Posted 2/11/20

Time to restore our parks Colorado’s national parks are seeing record visitation, but unreliable funding over the years means their infrastructure desperately needs to be repaired. That’s why I …

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Letter to the Editor: Restore our parks

Letter to the Editor: Restore our parks

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Time to restore our parks

Colorado’s national parks are seeing record visitation, but unreliable funding over the years means their infrastructure desperately needs to be repaired.

That’s why I am encouraged by a bipartisan proposal in Congress to address the nearly $12 billion in national parks deferred maintenance. The Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA) would set aside $6.5 billion over the next five years to fix dilapidated trails, buildings, roads, bridges, monuments, and historic markers in our parks. Amazingly, 50 U.S. Senators - from both parties - are cosponsoring this effort, with 330 representatives supporting a similar measure in the House.

With all this support, you would think this would be an easy thing for Congress to get done. You’d be mistaken. Despite all the support for national parks, Congress is still struggling to enact this popular legislation.

There is still time, and I hope they can get it done. Sens. Gardner and Bennet are both cosponsors of the Restore Our Parks Act, and Gardner especially is in a key position of leadership to help bring the bill to a vote. We need to see action to ensure our parks stay open, safe, and accessible. Please do the right thing in supporting this crucial legislation.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Wheatridge

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