The National Park Service (NPS) on Friday approved a $2.7 billion plan to reopen some of the nation’s oldest national parks.
The National Park System (NSP) announced Friday that it will spend $1.9 billion on the $4.9 trillion plan to open new parks, trails and lands.
It was approved by a 5-2 vote at the agency’s fiscal year 2017 budget committee meeting.
The proposal is the largest ever for the agency.
The last time NSP approved a plan was in 2019.
The agency said the park system would spend $900 million to open 1,600 new national park lands and create 1,400 more parks.NSP Director David Jarvis said the parks would open on Sept. 30.
He said it was important to preserve the historical and cultural values of these lands.
The parks will be open for visitors by mid-2019.
The parks will have no physical boundaries.
The National Parks Conservation Association says they are more like small cities than national parks because they are open to people.