WASHINGTON (July 28, 2008) The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will receive $43,500 for a project to enhance visitor access. The funding was awarded through the National Park Services Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network grant program, which ties together more than 156 museums, state parks, wildlife refuges, Indian reservations, water trails, and other sites in six states and the District of Columbia, to enable visitors to appreciate the role the Chesapeake Bay has had in the culture and history of the region.
Specifically, the project will replace a small, deteriorated pier located in the parks north campus in Piney Point Creek and add a 6x10 floating step down platform to facilitate the launching and retrieval of kayaks in the protected creek off of the Potomac River. The access enhancement will support the continued development of the Potomac River Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail on the River.
The Piney Point Lighthouse is one of the oldest original lighthouses built along the Potomac.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network program allocates matching grants of $5,000 to $50,000 for projects that advance Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network goals. Past Network grants have funded new maps, improved signs, and expanded trails that have helped enhance the public's ability to learn about and enjoy the Bay's natural and cultural resources, and empower citizens to be good stewards of the this great national treasure. Last year, Marylands Congressional delegation helped to secure $1.65 million for the program.
Twenty-five of the 156 gateway sites are in southern Maryland, including the Piney Point Lighthouse, Piscataway Park, Smallwood State Park, St. Clements Island-Potomac River Museum, Historic St. Marys City, Point Lookout State Park, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Sotterly Plantation and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.
For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network, visit http://www.baygateways.net/ .