National Park Service Announces Grants to Eight Southern Maryland Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Sites
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Greenwell State Park, MD (05/29/02) - The National Park Service today announced $202,000 in new grants to support locally initiated projects at eight southern Maryland Chesapeake Bay Gateway Sites.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of over 110 parks, refuges, historic ports, museums, trails and water trails around the Bay watershed. Each of these “Bay Gateways” tells a part of the multi-faceted Chesapeake story. Together, as the Gateways Network, they provide a way to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.

“The Gateways Network is a tremendous way for people to enjoy and learn more about one of the nation’s treasures - the Chesapeake Bay,” said National Park Service Director Fran Mainella. “Building personal connections with this great estuary’s special places and stories is a key step in supporting the ongoing Chesapeake Bay conservation effort.”

Gateways grants help designated Gateways improve their ability to engage visitors in the Chesapeake story, provide more public access to the water, or involve people in Bay conservation and restoration efforts. National Park Service grant funds are matched by at least an equal share of funds and services provided by the recipient from other sources. New Gateways grants awarded in southern Maryland include:

  • Calvert Marine Museum - 2 grants; one for new exhibits and signs for the small craft collection and one for a self-guided tour brochure of the Solomons Amphibious Training Base ($12,150);
  • Captain Salem Avery House - new interpretive program exploring the life of a 19th century waterman ($21,615);
  • Chesapeake Biological Laboratory - five outdoor kiosks showing what is being learned about the Bay through research ($30,058);
  • Greenwell State Park - handicap-accessible trails and observation platform with interpretive exhibits ($11,715);
  • Historic London Town - new interpretive exhibit and brochure on ferries and steamboats on the Chesapeake ($9,000);
  • Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum - a new visitor center audiovisual show on the park’s Chesapeake Bay themes ($44,751);
  • Piscataway Park- to Accokeek Foundation for interpretive program on birds in the Chesapeake Bay region ($9,400);
  • Sotterley Plantation - new boat access to the historic plantation and a series of interpretive signs and brochures ($63,332).

Grants to additional sites in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network will be announced in coming weeks.

A Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide is available free of charge at most Gateway sites, as well as many state welcome centers in Maryland and Virginia. To order a copy by phone, call toll-free, either: 1-866-BAY-WAYS (1-866-229-9297) in Maryland or 1-888-824-5877 in Virginia.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

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