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Army Corps of Engineers supports new “Every Kid in a Park” recreation initiative

WASHINGTON (September 2, 2015) – President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America’s great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.
Published: 9/2/2015

Did you know?

  • The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosts 370 million visits annually to its recreation areas.
  • USACE-managed waters provide 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing.  
  • 47,956 volunteers work 1.4 million hours annually at USACE projects--providing $33 million in value of service.
  • Seven of the top 10 migratory bird flyways in the U.S. crossover USACE-managed waters.
  • USACE manages 12 million acres of public lands and waters nationwide.
  • A visitor to USACE recreation areas can find 55,390 miles of shoreline; 11,211 miles of trails; 90,610 campsites and 3,672 boat ramps nationally.

Recreation Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation.  Its 403 lakes and river projects in 43 states provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching.  Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives.  A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

With 90 percent of our recreation areas located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center, there is a Corps site near you. We invite you to visit us!

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