- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The new national park along the Blackstone River is slated to receive more than $900,000 for its operations in 2016 because of a provision in the federal budget.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline says the new budget includes $927,000 to fully support operations at the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

The park was established in late 2014.

It includes significant sites in old mill towns and buildings. The Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is the first successful cotton-spinning factory in the United States. Sites in North Smithfield and Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Whitinsville and Hopedale, Massachusetts, are also included.

Cicilline says he lobbied for robust funding for the National Park Service.

The Rhode Island Democrat says he’ll work with local community leaders on the park’s development.

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