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September 22nd, 2017
National Park Service Announces $61,000 Grant for The January 8th Memorial Park in Tucson

TUCSON – Rep. Grijalva released the following statement after the National Park Service announced a grant award of $61,469.50 to help develop The January 8th Memorial park in remembrance of the victims of the 2011 shooting. 

“The events that took place on January 8, 2011 in our Tucson community shook us to our core. Since then, the heartbreaking tragedy has fostered an opportunity to demonstrate that even during the darkest of times, the common good of people can prevail. A large part of the healing that continues to happen in our Tucson community involves the active remembrance of the lasting impacts that victims and survivors had and continue to have.

This grant from the National Park Service which will be used to help establish a memorial park is one meaningful way to commemorate the individuals that were taken too soon and the spirit of resiliency that characterizes our desert community.”


The LWCF State & Local Assistance Program provides matching grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries. LWCF grants are locally determined and competed at the state level through a process designed and managed by their state partners. Earlier this year, Rep. Grijalva introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

In addition to funding the establishment of state and local parks,LWCF supports the ongoing conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, Civil War battlefields, working forests and critical wildlife areas.

Last year, Rep. Grijalva led a letter signed by 33 Members of Congress asking the Obama Administration to work with federal agencies to help identify and secure federal resources to assist the Tucson community in creating a permanent memorial for the victims of the January 8, 2011 attack targeting former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents.

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