It took years to win approval of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and now that the park bill has been signed into law, planning is starting.
As part of that process, officials from the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy will visit Oak Ridge next week. The visit will include a Thursday morning open house hosted by the City of Oak Ridge. The open house is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, in the A/B Room at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. It’s open to the public, and reservations are not required.
The team of NPS and DOE officials are visiting Oak Ridge to begin planning for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The planning team is expected to include senior National Park Service representatives from Washington, D.C., the Southeastern Regional Office in Atlanta, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Big South Fork.
The delegation will also include the U.S. Department of Energy’s chief historian, as well as the DOE’s senior consultant for historic preservation, and DOE representatives from Los Alamos and Hanford. The DOE offices in Oak Ridge are hosting the visit.
“We are honored to host our distinguished visitors as they travel to Oak Ridge to see first-hand the assets we have to offer,” Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch said. “The open house will provide an opportunity for our community to meet and interact with the planning team as they begin implementation of this innovative three-site national park. On behalf of City Council, I encourage citizens to attend this important event.”
The Manhattan National Historical Park legislation was passed by Congress in December 2014, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 19. The law designates sites in Oak Ridge; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington as a three-site national park. The law recognizes the Manhattan Project as one of the most significant events in U.S. history, with assets and history that must be preserved.
More information will be added as it becomes available.