Trump Administration Approves Funding for Rebuilding National Park Infrastructure

By on June 15, 2018

Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman, Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley), recently shared that the Trump Administration has approved funds to rebuild critical national park infrastructure including $5.4 million to restore the flood-damaged historic Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park. These funds are part of a $256 million infrastructure repair package for projects across the United States’ National Park System. Scotty’s Castle was flooded in a significant 2015 rain storm and has been closed to the public since then.

Scotty’s Castle – named for gold prospector Walter E. Scott — is a two-story Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style villa in the northern portion of Death Valley. Death Valley National Park is a popular vacation and camping location and hosts some one million visitors annually. Rep. Cook’s 8th Congressional District includes Death Valley National Park.

“We have an obligation to be responsible stewards of our public lands,” Rep. Cook said. “Death Valley National Park brings over a million visitors a year to Inyo County, boosting the local economy. Today’s announcement of over $5 million for repairs and renovations at the Scotty’s Castle Visitor’s Center is a strong first step toward meeting our parks’ serious infrastructure needs.”

In a separate press statement Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke said, “Today’s announcement is another step toward eliminating the more than $11 billion in maintenance facing the National Park Service. It’s another step toward prioritizing infrastructure because it is an investment that bolsters local economies and gateway communities. And it is another step in prioritizing access for all Americans to our public lands.”

Rep. Cook is member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps after 26 years. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

In addition to his district office in Apple Valley Rep. Cook maintains a field office in Yucaipa at 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard. The Yucaipa office phone number is 909-797-4900; please call prior to visiting the office in order to confirm hours of availability.