Grassroots effort mounted to save Mare Island's history

American Canyon Eagle
April 22, 2015 10:49 am

MARE ISLAND — Nearly 20 years since it closed down as a shipyard for the U.S. Navy, Mare Island sits at a critical juncture. Many of its oldest facilities have been cared for by a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving Mare Island’s historic military importance to the nation, not to mention its economic significance to Napa and Solano counties.

But the time has come, according to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, for the federal government to step in and turn Mare Island into a national park to best ensure the preservation of the former base’s irreplaceable landmarks.

“It’s important because this naval base was the center of the United States Navy’s presence on the Pacific Coast for decades and it’s been involved in every conflict,” said Dennis Kelly, a foundation board member who is leading a grass-roots campaign.

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