Mare Island Fails to Make Cut as National Park
The National Park Service has turned down a request to include former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in the national park system over cost, rather than suitability.
The agency’s decision was based on the cost of repairs needed by the site’s historic resources, concerns over the ongoing cleanup of the shipyard, and the close proximity of industrial, commercial and visitor uses, reports the Times-Herald. According to a letter from the Interior Department, however, the shipyard contains resources that are unique to the national park system, and it likely is suitable for addition to the park system, the paper reported.
Local officials believed National Park Service designation would have helped preserve the shipyard while encouraging tourism. Mare Island has been designated a National Historic Landmark.