Emphasizing the Urban Angle of National Parks
The Secretary reportedly wants to expand the idea of National Parks beyond Yellowstone and Yosemite and get more urban dwellers to access the facilities their metro areas have.
"He has said he wants to engage more children and encourage underrepresented groups to participate in parks programs. Metropolitan areas are fertile grounds for such initiatives. They are where 80 percent of America's people live.
Urban centers largely have been second-class citizens throughout the celebrated history of the National Park System. St. Louis' Gateway Arch, and the national park in which it is situated, stands out as an exception - a soaring symbol of a great historical movement and cherished element of the American character."