Emergency funding of $340,000 for Glen Echo Park has been added to budget recommendations for next year, according to Congressman Newton I. Steers jr. (R-Md.).
Steers recently testified before the Interior Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee in favor of the funding, which will provide for renovation and restoration of the park's buildings, many of which are structurally unsound.
Steers has been joined in his efforts by Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the next committee to consider the funding request.
Glen Echo, originally founded in the 1890s as a cultural center, was later rebuilt as an amusement park. The site was acquired in 1969 by the federal government in order to protect the Potomac Palisades from development of highrises. The park has since gone back to its original concept as a cultural park.
Last year, according to Park Service estimates, more than 130,000 people visited Glen Echo and more than 3,000 people took classes in arts and crafts there.
"I am pleased that the House has taken an affirmative step towards approval of funding for the park," Steers said. "With this emergency funding, Glen Echo can now aim towards its full potential, and people can continue to utilize and enjoy the unique opportunities offered as a cultural resource by Glen Echo," he said.