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Cultural Resources and Recreational Facilities

Kimmel Arts Center in Philadelphia Historic Sites and Places
Archeological Resources
National Monuments and Landmarks
Recreational Facilities

Cultural resources and recreational facilities contribute to a community's quality of life and influence environmental and economic health. These resources should be inventoried and mapped as noted below.

Historic Sites and Places

Historic resources can include buildings and other structures, objects, districts, or significant sites with regard to the history, architecture, maritime heritage, archaeology, or culture of the state, its communities or the nation. Significant historic resources which meet specific criteria may be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sites on the Register are typically listed on a state inventory of historic places in states whose historic preservation programs have been approved by the US Department of the Interior. In states without approved programs, sites may be listed on a local inventory of historic places in communities whose historic preservation programs have been certified by the Secretary of the Interior.

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Archeological Resources

Archeology is the scientific study of the life and culture of historic or indigenous people. The archeological record offers a unique opportunity, not available through written history and oral tradition, to study and understand our heritage. The significance of archeological sites and the history of a region they document have become an integral part of current land development practices as a result of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) of 1966 and subsequent state historic preservation acts. Significant archaeological resources/sites that meet specific criteria may be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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National Monuments and Landmarks

National monuments are located throughout the United States to honor the history of our nation and to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives defending it. Many of these monuments have become tourist attractions. Compiling a listing of these important sites will assist your community in defining the impact these sites have on the local environment and economy.

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Recreational Facilities

Federal, state and local public recreational facilities can be of great importance to a community. The existence and location of recreational facilities provides a glimpse as to the types and intensities of development allowed within that area. And an inventory of recreational facilities both at the local level and at the state and federal levels will assist a community in assessing whether adequate facilities are available and what impact these facilities have on their environmental and economic vitality. Private recreational facilities should be included in the assessment. An inventory of local recreational facilities might include: parks, school grounds, tot-lots, green ways, private recreation areas (i.e. country clubs), golf courses, fairgrounds, sports complexes, campgrounds and rest areas, and theme parks.

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