Washington, D.C. — Thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities will come together on Saturday, April 4, 2020, to give back to their local communities and honor our nation’s vibrant history. For the American Battlefield Trust’s 24th annual Park Day, nearly 130 sites in 32 states and the District of Columbia will come together for a hands-on preservation event that will aid our nation’s battlefields and historic sites in tackling their maintenance needs. Participating also gives communities the chance to get a jump on restoration and beautification projects in advance of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day later that month.
“Every freshly painted fence or newly planted tree can make a difference in the visitor experience,” said American Battlefield Trust President James Lighthizer. “At a time when limited budgets and small staffs mean that historic sites must balance basic maintenance needs with interpretation and education goals, volunteers can make a huge impact.”
The Trust is honored to play a role in keeping America’s treasured landscapes and related resources clean, open and accessible for the enjoyment of all people. In 2019 alone, nearly 7,000 Park Day volunteers donated more than 25,000 service hours at 160 sites across the country. And 2020 is poised to be another runaway success, thanks to the participation of the sites listed at www.battlefields.org/parkday.