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#VoteYourPark Competition for Columbus Fountain Begins Today

USRC and the National Park Service’s National Mall and Memorial Parks announced today that the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station is competing for a share of $2 million in grants under the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation program. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, the 2016 Partners in Preservation: National Parks campaign will award grants to historic sites in need of preservation within national parks, as decided by popular vote. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the first national campaign in the program’s 10-year history.

As one of 20 historic places selected, National Mall and Memorial Parks hopes to be one of the winners of the campaign to help restore Columbus Fountain. Columbus Fountain, named after Christopher Columbus, is positioned at the grand entrance to Washington’s Union Station and is one of the first historic sites visitors see when arriving to the Nation’s Capital. A $249,000 grant will restore the beauty and aesthetic of this historic sculpture.

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