Parks

Our national parks do not exist to help companies make money. Rather, they exist for our enjoyment and edification, and to preserve their contents for future generations.

Parks should be free from the marketing that assails us in our daily lives. We go to parks for respite, not for further bombardment by marketers.

The National Park Service is proposing to solicit corporations to sponsor our national parks, and to allow corporations to feature that sponsorship in their public relations or advertising campaigns. (Consider the prospect of ads for "Preparation H, the Official Sponsor of the Grand Canyon," or "Nexium, the Official Sponsor of Lassen Volcanic National Park.")

Click here to tell the National Park Service not to commercialize our national parks.

More Information

News Releases

Coalition Asks NYC Mayor Bloomberg Not to Sell Naming Rights to City Parks
Gary Ruskin | February 21st, 2002

Articles

Protect Our National Parks from Corporate Corruption
Gary Ruskin | November 30th, 2005

Related Articles and Links

Related Articles

Parks Looking For Corporate Sponsors
Aaron Kraut | Bethesday Now | May 30th, 2014

Oakland considers naming-rights deals for parks
Will Kane | San Francisco Chronicle | April 14th, 2014

Businesses will bid to put brand on new field
AP | San Francisco Chronicle | March 19th, 2014

Dating website offers to buy naming rights for Belle Isle
November 1st, 2013

Broome putting Arena naming rights up for sale
Steve Reilly | Press Connects | October 4th, 2013

City to Take Bids on Ball Court, Dog Run Sponsorship
Alec Hamilton | WNYC | September 10th, 2012

Coke Warms Up Summer With Foursquare and Paul McCartney
Christopher Heine | AdWeek | July 9th, 2012

NYC Parks Seek Corporate Sponsors
Kathleen Horan | WNYC | June 11th, 2012

Advertising signs on state trails an abomination; Scott should veto bill
Editorial | Bradenton Herald | April 24th, 2012

Miamiís LED billboards not allowed under Miami-Dade sign laws, county attorney says
ANDRES VIGLUCCI | Miami Herald | April 23rd, 2012

Are city commissioners desperate, insensitive or greedy?
Michael Lewis | Miami Today | April 19th, 2012

Local hikers opposed to ad signs on nature trails
NICK WILLIAMS | Bradenton Herald | April 16th, 2012

Illuminated billboards could soon light up city of Miami buildings, parks
Charles Rabin | Miami Herald | April 13th, 2012

Possible Jones Park sponsorships raise concerns
Rebecca Powers | WLOX 13 | March 7th, 2012

Should Corporations Bankroll National Parks?
Kate Sheppard | Mother Jones | March 5th, 2012

Thumb down: Florida lawmakers should reject proposal to sell naming rights for school cafeterias, ad
Editorial | TCPalm | January 30th, 2012

Bill would allow Florida to sell naming rights to state-owned facilities
Kathleen McGrory | Miami Herald | January 23rd, 2012

Bill to OK sale of naming rights for state trails passes through committee
Bruce Ritchie | The Current | January 12th, 2012

Villaraigosa adviser urges council committee to allow ads at city parks, zoo
Dakota Smith | Contra Costa Times | December 6th, 2011

Billboards and parks don't mix
Editorial | Los Angeles Times | December 5th, 2011

Parks Department revives plan to sell naming rights
Yolanne Almanzar | The New York World | November 28th, 2011

Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban
FELICITY BARRINGER | The New York Times | November 10th, 2011

Could ads be coming to state parks?
FOX Orlando | September 29th, 2011

Not "Wal-Mart State Park," But Close
NBC San Diego | September 29th, 2011

Why Coke, Juicy Juice, Odwalla Are Taking a Walk in the Woods
Advertising Age | February 17th, 2011

Name That Dog Park: Suffolk Courts Deals for Cash
Annie Correal | The New York Times | March 18th, 2009

Suffolk Plan to Sell Naming Rights at County Parks
Rick Brand | Newsday | March 8th, 2009

Private Companies as Park Sponsors? State Is Already Advertising Idea
Warren Cornwall | Seattle Times | September 15th, 2006

Park Service Keeps Ban on Most Ads
John Heilprin | Associated Press | May 2nd, 2006

Suffolk May Sell Naming Rights
Emi Endo | Newsday | February 23rd, 2006

Commercialization Of The Mall
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman | September 15th, 2003

Desecration of the Mall
Albert Eisele | The Hill | September 10th, 2003

America, Brought To You by . .
Tom Shales | Washington Post | September 5th, 2003

On the Mall, Kickoff Live is Mixing Cola, Concerts and Controversy
David Montgomery | Washington Post | September 1st, 2003

Waldenbooks Woods? State Mulls Selling Naming Rights
Ken Maguire | Associated Press | May 9th, 2003

Nike Putting New Spring in Old Courts
John Killen | Oregonian | June 21st, 2002

External Links

National Parks to Seek Corporate Sponsorships
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility |

Director's Order #21: Donations and Fundraising
National Park Service |