Grand Canyon National Park – Why the 100th Anniversary Matters..
In 2019 the National Park Service will celebrate the Centennial of Grand Canyon National Park. For the majority of people, this 100th Anniversary may not mean much. But for those of us who have a deep love and affection for Grand Canyon, this moment matters.
Little bit about Grand Canyon National Park’s History
Grand Canyon National Park is located in northwestern Arizona. And is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park’s center of attraction is the Grand Canyon. a gorge of the Colorado River. which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World. The park, which covers 1,217,262 acres ( 4,926.08 km) of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties. It received more than six million recreational visitors in 2017. which is the second highest count of all American national parks after Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
What’s the exciting about 100th Anniversary ??
The Grand Canyon was considered one of America’s greatest natural wonders. and had been admired by travelers long before the concept of tourism came to the country. In 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park was made official. and the land was given certain protections in order for visitors to come. In 2019, the Grand Canyon National Park will be entering its 100th year of national park status. and many believed it was time to celebrate, starting with a brand new logo !
The new logo features the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River accompanied by the tagline, “Go Grand.” .The National Parks Service, the Grand Canyon Association, and the marketing firm Off Madison Avenue collaborated together to create the new logo. Thet Creates new logo to honor the park’s centennial anniversary milestone. The three groups also came together with the intent to make a great visual reminder of the Grand Canyon’s impact on American history, values, and culture while simultaneously showcasing the Canyon’s natural beauty.
The 2019 Centennial celebration will be a commemorative acknowledgment of the Grand Canyon’s place in American history along with the park’s association with the 11 traditionally associated tribes, including the Hualapai Nation. The logo and the events surrounding the Centennial are meant to observe the last 100 years of the park’s history while fostering inspiration for future generations to protect the Grand Canyon’s resources.
Susan Schroeder, chief executive officer of Grand Canyon Association, stated,
“The Centennial year is a reminder for us to look back at our successful partnership with Grand Canyon National Park and to celebrate the last 100 years while we prepare for the next 100 years.”
we need to tell a different story about Grand Canyon National Park. It is only through sharing stories that we build understanding and learn from each other. The forced removal of tribes from Grand Canyon is a story that must continue to be shared, and it’s a story that remains largely untold by the Park Service. This is the starting point for creating a strong partnership and shared economic vision for the next 100 years of the Park.
I feel inspired when I think about the future of Grand Canyon National Park. Over the years, I’ve been lucky to hear stories from river runners, tribal elders, and Park Service staff about the canyon and the land. Sometimes these stories are funny, sometimes sad, and other times upsetting. But the common thread between these stories is that they are fueled by a deep love for Grand Canyon. It’s this love for the canyon that’s going to allow this national treasure to thrive. It’s the love for the canyon that will guide us in the years to come.
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