- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaware is getting its first national park through a bill heading to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The national park expansion won approval Friday in the U.S. Senate as part of a major defense package.

The legislation will create the First State National Historical Park. It include sites designated last year as Delaware’s First State National Monument.

The park commemorates Delaware’s history and preserves about 1,100 acres near Wilmington. The sites include the Woodlawn Trustees property near Wilmington, the Old New Castle Courthouse and the Dover Green. The National Park Service may add other sites to the park as well.

The park designation was a longtime priority for Vice President Joe Biden.

Delaware was the only state without a national park. Congress did not allocate additional money for the park’s administration.

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