NPS And DOE Officials Visit Los Alamos To Discuss Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Victor Knox, NPS point person for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) were in town Thursday to discuss the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will be partially located In Los Alamos.

NPS Assistant Director for Partnerships Jeff Reinhold described the local group working on the Park as “amazing.”

“This is an amazing group. Their commitment and knowledge is impressive and they have an amazing story to tell,” he said.

NPS’s Victor Knox is the point person for the Park Project. “Los Alamos is an amazing place,” Knox said. “It’s really wonderful to see the personal side of the Manhattan Project.”

The group visited sites like Bathtub Row, where Manhattan Project luminaries lived during the Project. Knox said a draft of the agreement between DOE and the Park Service will be available for public comment soon.

“We’re hoping for comments on how to make it better,” he said.

The Park, which will be located at three sites ─ Los Alamos, Hanford, Wash. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. ─ is a challenging project, Knox said. The current plan is to have a site manager at each site and an overall park manager, he said.

“It will take time to work out the details,” Knox said. “We’ll spend the next year planning.”

The NPS plans to use the latest technology to tell the story of Manhattan Project.

“We’re going to embrace technology to effectively tell the story,” Knox said.

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