New resolution celebrates national parks like Acadia

BAR HARBOR, Maine (WABI) - It's no doubt Acadia National Park is a treasure to many.

"It stays with you after you leave,” says Joe Churchman, a New Hampshire resident.

Whether you're from out of town, out of state or out of the country, it's a destination countless people of all ages have included in their lives.

"This is what brings us here,” says Churchman.

April 21st through April 29th has been named National Park Week. Senators including Angus King and Susan Collins are backing the new bipartisan resolution as a way to encourage people all over the country and world to spend time at national parks like Acadia.

"National parks are a great deal for the American citizen, or for the world citizen for that matter,” says Churchman.

It's a park that impacts the lives of millions of people in different ways each year.

From tourists like Joe Churchman who has visited the park several times with his wife.

"We come to Maine this time every year. The views are just spectacular."

To Mainers like Kathleen Brown who carry on the tradition of trekking through popular spots like Sand Beach and Cadillac Mountain with their families.

"I got to pass it on to my kids and now you know I get to pass it on to their children so it's great,” says Brown.

And for business owners and their employees who thrive on a customer-base Acadia brings in from all over the world.

"I grew up in the area, and Ellsworth and so coming to the national Park has always been a part of my life and important to me. I just love the beauty of it and I enjoy working here in Bar Harbor and at the tea company. The park brings a lot of people. We have people from all over. It's definitely a drawing card,” says Mary Tapley Turner, an employee with Bar Harbor Tea Company.

Around thirty senators in addition to Collins and King were behind the National Park Week resolution.