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Officials celebrate federal approval of national park for Delaware, last state to get 1

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NEW CASTLE, Delaware — State officials are celebrating congressional passage of legislation that will lead to the creation of Delaware's first national park.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials in historic New Castle on Thursday to celebrate the creation of The First State National Historical Park.

The recent congressional approval was inserted into a defense spending package and comes almost 13 years since a committee examined the viability of a national park in Delaware.

Delaware's park will not be one site, but several located throughout the state, including the Woodlawn Trustees property near Wilmington, the Old New Castle Courthouse and the Dover Green.

For years, Delaware has been the only state in the nation without a national park.

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