Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch announced today that the City of Oak Ridge will host a community open house on Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. to welcome the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) team that will be visiting Oak Ridge to begin planning for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The open house will be held at the Oak Ridge Civic Center in the A/B room and is open to the public.  No RSVP is required.

The planning team is expected to include senior National Park Service representatives from Washington, DC, the Southeastern Regional Office in Atlanta, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and Big South Fork. The delegation will also include the U.S. Department of Energy’s Chief Historian, as well as the DOE’s Senior Consultant for Historic Preservation, and DOE representatives from Los Alamos and Hanford. The DOE offices in Oak Ridge are hosting the visit.

“We are honored to host our distinguished visitors as they travel to Oak Ridge to see first-hand the assets we have to offer,” said Mayor Gooch. “The open house will provide an opportunity for our community to meet and interact with the planning team as they begin implementation of this innovative three-site national park. On behalf of City Council, I encourage citizens to attend this important event.”

The Manhattan National Historical Park legislation was passed by Congress in December 2014, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 19th. The law designates sites in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington as a three-site national park. The law recognizes the Manhattan Project as one of the most significant events in U.S. History, with assets and history that must be preserved.

Media contact: Candice Brogan (865) 425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov.

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