WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $100,000 grant for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The grant will be matched by $108,160 in partner funding by the C&O Canal Trust, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, and the C&O Canal Association for a project total of $208,160.
“The C&O Canal National Historical Park is one of Maryland’s most beloved landmarks, generating economic activity and attracting thousands of visitors every year,” said Senator Cardin. “This investment in critical park repairs will help keep C&O safe and accessible for years to come.”
“The C&O Canal National Historical Park provides recreational opportunities and economic activity over a broad swath of Maryland,” said Senator Van Hollen. “The repairs funded by this grant and support from friends of the park will ensure visitors will continue to enjoy the park’s natural beauty and rich history.”
Funding will be used to reduce deferred maintenance on Swain’s Lockhouse. The grant is available through the Centennial Challenge program, which provides funding and engages park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.