Today, Massachusetts joined other states across the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
A special birthday party, complete with a cake, balloons, children’s activities and live music, was held at Columbus Park in Boston, overlooking the Boston Harbor Islands.
Michael Creasey, Superintendent of National Parks Boston, welcomed hundreds of spectators to mark the occasion with a giant birthday cake, speeches by public officials and assorted free games for families and children on the park lawn. Park advocates also handed out informational materials on the state’s parks, historical landmarks and preserved spaces.
Joining Superintendent Creasey at the podium were US Senator Ed Markey, US Congressmen Mike Capuano and Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts Energy and Environment Secretary Matt Beaton and City of Boston Policy Director Joyce T. Linehan.
Secretary Beaton read a citation from the Baker-Polito Administration congratulating the National Park Service on its century-long stewardship.
Also attending the ceremony were Nam Pham Assistant Secretary of Business Development, Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and Pat Moscaritolo, Executive Director & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
After the speaking portion, the US Postal service unveiled its commemorative stamps in honor of the National Park Service centennial. And musicians from the Berklee College of Music led the crowd in a Happy Birthday song, then entertained for the afternoon.
Nationwide, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all 413 parks across the country (from August 25-28).