The origin of
the Gateways Network lies in the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of
1998. The Act calls for the National Park Service to work with state
and local governments, the private sector and other federal agencies
to build a partnership network of gateways and water trails in Chesapeake
the Gateways Network began in late 1999, resulting in a Framework
that guides the Network's development. The first Gateways were designated
in summer 2000; more are being added regularly.