Kites Over Hoover Park is Saturday

Report shows economic impact of national historic site

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WEST BRANCH — The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny skies, a high temperature of 63 degrees and winds out of the northeast from 5 to 10 mph on Saturday.

A perfect day to fly a kite.

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site hosts its annual Kites Over Hoover Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Food and kite vendors plan to be on site, or you can bring your own kite. The park is at 1 Tidewater Drive in West Branch.

The event is free.

Among the activities planned this year is a performance by 180 Go!, a group of quad-line stunt kite fliers. The group plans to perform precision aerial maneuvers set to music.

Other activities include children’s games and races, candy drops, an appearance by Benjamin Franklin and the flying of 100-foot “big” kites.

In the case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday.

The event is one of many hosted each year by the historic site.

More than 152,380 visitors came to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in 2016, according to a new report from the National Park Service.

The report shows those visitors spent more than $8.9 million in communities near the park, which supported 145 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $11.4 million.

“Herbert Hoover National Historic Site welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Peter Swisher. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.”

The visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally and the cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.

The Hoover site is located at 210 Parkside Drive in West Branch. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to hoover.archives.gov or call (319) 643-2541.

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