From grime to crumbling masonry, US parks get a makeover

Visitors look down on the New River Gorge from a national park overlook Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Grandview, W.Va. Under legislation passed by Congress in 2020, some of America’s most spectacular natural settings are getting a makeover. Historic masonry grills have been restored near the Grandview Visitor Center. (AP Photo/John Raby)

Near the Tidal Basin in Washington, crews have cleaned grime off the white marble exterior of the Jefferson Memorial and fixed cracked stone to prevent falling debris. At the Statue of Liberty, plans are in the works to waterproof the exterior of the massive stone fort built in 1807 that serves as the monument’s base.