Would the Feds Accepted to "Free" Restriction Now?November 3 2005 at 11:08 PM
|roger (Login dipper)|
Response to Re: Reason Smokies Are Free
I doubt the National Park Service would have accepted the "free" restriction on the Smokies if the deal were presented now.
TN and NC got a spectacular deal in "giving" their state parks to the feds during the depression. They unburdened themselves of the expense of maintaining the parks yet get to make full free use of it.
Institutions now do look "gift horses in the mouth."
The Highpointers Club offered to give the land for a Jakk Longacre memorial to the State of Missouri and we've been turned down flat because the land does not abut state land (although it is very close) and therefore is considered more expensive to maintain.
And of course there's my favorite topic -- Ground Zero.
In the mess at Ground Zero, a private 501-c-3 organization the WTC Foundation is supposed to own and operate the Memorial. However one of the very first things the Foundation did was to ask for the NPS to own and operate (and most importantly) pay for it. Even though this would seem the logical fit, the NPS so far has resolutely refused no doubt because it has basically been denied any say on the memorial.