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Washington Monument State Park preventive maintenance and improvements Underway
4/15/2012

Washington Monument State Park preventive maintenance and improvements Underway

A private contractor is performing preventative maintenance to Washington Monument, the first completed monument to honor our nation's first president. Work is taking place during the first several weeks of April. The monument and the views from the top of South Mountain will be accessible during the construction, although the stairwell to the top may be closed at times.
Two other contractors are making improvements to the museum at the state park (and two museums at Gathland State Park as well). The infrastructure of the three buildings is being improved and state of the art exhibits will be installed. The museums will tentatively be opened in mid-June. In the meantime, a temporary museum will be open on spring weekends in the superintendent's residence at Washington Monument State Park.
Concurrently, a separate contractor is making improvement to a parking area at Washington Monument. Money from a state byways grant is paying for these improvements, which will make a current parking area accessible for buses. This will make the park an attractive stop on the National Road (Maryland Alternate Route 40). Work will take place in April and May. The parking lot near the museum and trail to the monument will be open during this construction.
Washington Monument was built by the citizens of Boonsboro on July 4th, 1827. The site atop South Mountain was selected for its outstanding eastward and westward views. The monument is built from native stone collected from the site. It is the first monument constructed and dedicated to George Washington in the United States, and sits in America's first Washington County.
Visitors with questions about the improvements may call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767. Media is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources Office of Communications at 410-260-8002.
The Washington Monument State Park, Gathland State Park, and the other state parks in the South Mountain Recreation Area, are members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.DNR.Maryland.gov.

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