“Many other national parks host naturalization ceremonies every year,” said area Acting Superintendent Scott Pfeninger. “This will be a first for Chattahoochee River so we’re honored to welcome new citizens into the nation in our park. By holding this ceremony here, we are able to introduce new citizens to the land we all share, which is the purpose of National Public Lands Day.”
In addition to hosting the naturalization ceremony, the area will join all 401 national parks in waiving entry fees. The usual $3 entry fee will not be collected from visitors at any of the park’s picnic areas or boat ramps Saturday. Area annual passes will still be available for sale at the Island Ford Visitor Center and online, as will the $80 nationwide annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and many other federal lands. This pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents.