U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park with the Conservancy for CVNP on Wednesday to see how the Restore Our Parks Act will help address billions of dollars in delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has more than $51.8 million in unmet maintenance needs, including building renovations and trail, road and infrastructure improvements, according to Portman’s office.
“I was able to see firsthand the maintenance needs at the park and discuss how my bipartisan legislation would fund critical projects here,” Portman said about CVNP in a statement. “Senate passage of the bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act was an important first step, and I’m urging the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible so it can be signed into law.”
The bill is expected to support more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years by rebuilding park infrastructure to help address the more than $12 billion backlog in delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service.
Portman said that includes more than $100 million in maintenance backlogs in Ohio’s eight national parks.
“We must do our part to preserve these national treasures for generations to come,” said Portman, who said he’s pushed for the legislation for years.
The Restore Our Parks Act is part of a broader package, the Great American Outdoors Act, that addresses the deferred maintenance backlog across federal land management agencies and provides permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
President Donald Trump has voiced support for the legislative effort.