The great outdoors under the Arch (Sept. 27-28)

September 23, 2008

At the risk of repeating myself, I think it’s an excellent idea for the National Park Service to open its grounds to more events. The fire trucks a few weeks back were a big success, and this weekend there’s another event worth checking out: a celebration of National Public Lands Day. OK, it’s a very uninspiring name, but the concept of promoting the federally owned outdoors is a good one — and organizers did try to spice it up by calling it Park Palooza.

The event isn’t specifically highlighting things to do at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, as the Arch is officially known. Instead, it has brought in some rock climbing walls, archaeology tools, tents, fishing reels, canoes, and map-and-compass activities. There’ll also be live music (10-11 a.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday) and a couple of VIPs. I quote: “Historic Americans like Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt will also recount how they were moved to create and undertake iconic works that remain their legacy to millions of Americans today.”

Park Palooza runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The site doesn’t say when the former presidents will be making their appearance, but if you call 314.655.1700 the Arch staff may be able to tell you.

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