President Street Station Special Resource Study
WHAT IS A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY
New national park units are typically added to the National Park Service (NPS) by an Act of Congress. However, before Congress decides to create a new park or add land to an existing park, it needs to know whether the area meets established criteria for designation as a national park unit. This evaluation is conducted through a special resource study.
The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about President Street Station through historical research and public input, and then to report these findings to Congress. The special resource study will evaluate the potential for inclusion of President Street Station in the national park system based upon whether it meets established criteria for significance, suitability, feasibility, and the need for NPS management. Applying these criteria consistently helps the National Park Service weigh the relative merits of potential park units and to ensure that only those most deserving of designation are included within the national park system. The special resource study may also weigh other management options.
The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-9, Section 2003) directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of President Street Station at 601 S President St, Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the site resources' national significance and determine the suitability and feasibility of designating them as a unit of the national park system.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AUGUST 15 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
During the 45 day Public Comment Phase (August 15-September 30, 2022) the public is encouraged to learn more about the SRS process and provide comments to inform the study.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SUBMIT COMMENTS
Public comment is essential to the study's criteria evaluation, particularly about the level of public support for the idea of a new national park unit at President Street Station. Quickly and easily enter comments through the "Open for Comment" tab or the "Document List" link and look for "President Street Station SRS - Public Comment Questions" to respond to the four comment prompts.
PROJECT MATERIALS TO LEARN MORE
The National Park Service has prepared the following materials and events to inform the public about the study and to solicit public comment:
• NEWSLETTER (pdf): see "Open for Comment" and "Document List" tabs and then click on "Newsletter".
• IN PERSON 'OPEN HOUSE' on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 3 to 5 pm at the President Street Station building at 601 South President Street, Baltimore, MD. See the "Meeting Notices" tab for details.
• IN PERSON / VIRTUAL (HYBRID) PUBLIC MEETING on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 6 to 7:30 pm Eastern Time. Please see the "Meeting Notices" tab for details.
Thank you for your interest in the President Street Station Special Resource Study.
Martha Droge, (215) 597-2136
Welcome to the President Street Station Special Resource Study project website. The National Park Service will use this website to display public information throughout the course of this study. Meeting dates and locations will be posted here, along project updates.