H.R.3956 - To establish the Freedom National Park in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 03/03/1994)|
|Committees:||House - Natural Resources|
|Latest Action:||House - 05/25/1994 Executive Comment Requested from Interior. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 3956 Introduced in House (IH)] 103d CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 3956 To establish the Freedom National Park in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 3, 1994 Mr. Lewis of Georgia (for himself, Mr. Linder, Mr. Darden, and Mr. Gingrich) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish the Freedom National Park in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FREEDOM NATIONAL PARK. (a) Purpose; Establishment.--In order to-- (1) preserve for the benefit of the American people certain historic sites, structures, and properties of outstanding national significance associated with the struggle for civil rights by Americans of African descent and the effort to promote international human rights associated with the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Carter Presidential Center; (2) establish a historic and recreational corridor in the form of a roadside park surrounding the State roadway known as the Freedom Parkway, connecting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District with the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the Carter Presidential Center, and various Civil War battle sites associated with the Battle of Atlanta, including Copen Hill; and (3) provide educational, interpretive, and recreational facilities to enhance the enjoyment of visitors to these sites, there is established Freedom National Park (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the ``park''). (b) Description of Area.--The park shall consist of approximately 165 acres of lands and interests in lands as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Freedom National Park Boundary Concept'', numbered ______ and dated ______ and shall include the area surrounding the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and Carter Presidential Center and the corridor immediately adjacent to the right-of-way of the roadway known as the Freedom Parkway which connects the Carter Presidential Center with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District. The map shall be on file and available in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. (c) Acquisition of Property; Authority of Secretary; Leasing of State-Owned Lands.--The Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') is hereby authorized to acquire lands and interests therein, including leasehold interests, within the boundaries of the park as depicted on the map referenced in subsection (b), by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. All property owned by the State of Georgia or any political subdivision thereof may be acquired only by donation or lease agreement conditioned upon use of the land solely for purposes of a roadside park. SEC. 2. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General.--The Secretary shall administer the park in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the provisions of law generally applicable to the administration of units of the National Park System, including the Act entitled ``An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes'', approved August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1, 2, 3, and 4), the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-467), and the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470-470x-6). (b) Road Construction or Use Restrictions.--The Secretary shall not permit the construction or use of any road within the park which would provide vehicular access for through traffic, other than the Freedom Parkway and streets existing on the date of enactment of this Act nor shall the Secretary permit construction of any roadways which would have the effect of altering the design of the Freedom Parkway, except for construction of such cul-de-sac driveways as may be reasonably necessary to provide access between the Freedom Parkway and roadside recreation facilities. (c) Cooperative Agreements.-- (1) In general.--In furtherance of the purposes of this Act, the Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with State and local governments and with private owners of properties of natural, historical, or cultural significance within or in the immediate vicinity of the park, including (but not limited to) the resources described in section 1(b), pursuant to which the Secretary may-- (A) mark, interpret, restore, or provide technical assistance for the preservation and interpretation of such properties; and (B) provide assistance, including management services, program implementation, and financial assistance consistent with subsection (a). (2) Access and property alterations.--Such agreements may contain (but need not be limited to) provisions that-- (A) the Secretary, through the National Park Service, shall have the right of access at all reasonable times to all public portions of the property covered by such agreement for the purpose of conducting visitors through such properties and interpreting them to the public; and (B) no changes or alterations may be made to the properties except by mutual agreement between the Secretary and the other parties to such agreements. (3) Specific provisions.--An agreement entered into under this subsection may contain specific provisions which outline in detail the extent of the participation by the Secretary in the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and maintenance of such properties not specifically provided for in paragraph (1). SEC. 3. MANAGEMENT PLAN. Within one year after the date on which funds are first made available for the purposes of preparing a general management plan, the Secretary, in consultation with the State of Georgia and the city of Atlanta, shall develop and transmit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives, a general management plan for the park consistent with the purposes of this Act, including (but not limited to)-- (1) a general visitor use and interpretive program which fully considers the historic and cultural aspects of the park, including the themes of individual freedom, civil rights, and human rights; (2) a statement on the number of visitors and types of public uses within the park which can be reasonably accommodated in accordance with the protection of its resources; and (3) a general development plan for the park, including the estimated cost thereof. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act. <all>