Great Smoky Mountains Association donation of $ 300,000 to Great Smoky Mountains National Park will go to radio stations
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one step closer to getting valuable new gear.
The Great Smoky Mountains Association raised $ 300,000 for the national park to help replace its radio communication systems. The new radio system will allow the park to improve and expand communications with surrounding communities.
The system is crucial during emergencies such as extreme weather conditions and search and rescue operations, as it enables communication in and around the park. The entire replacement will cost $ 2.5 million, and the Friends of the Smokies have been fundraising since 2017.
The Great Smoky Mountains Association raised money for its contribution through the park’s eight retail stores, which are operated by the GSMA. When an item is purchased in one of these stories, buyers have the option to round their totals or add an additional dollar to support the national park through the GSMA’s Record Donation Program.
“We are very grateful for the support of our partners and donors who have helped us secure the funds necessary to make these essential infrastructure improvements,” said Alan Sumeriski, Acting Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Since its inception in 1953, the GSMA has provided more than $ 47 million to the park. The non-profit organization was founded to support the science, history and interpretive activities of the Smokies by providing educational products and services to park visitors.
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