For Immediate Release - February 09, 2009


Governor Patrick encourages citizen participation

BOSTON- Monday, February 9, 2009- Governor Deval Patrick is calling on Massachusetts citizens to vote on what nationally-recognized site in the Commonwealth should be featured on a new quarter dollar coin. The U.S. Mint has asked Massachusetts, in addition to the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories, to select one preferred and three alternate Massachusetts national sites to be featured on the reverse of a quarter.

As part of America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act, the new quarters will be issued at the rate of five new designs per year beginning in 2010, and will be issued in the order in which the selected sites were established as national sites. Governor Patrick welcomes the people of Massachusetts to participate in this important decision, and encourages citizens to continue to engage with their government.

"Our Commonwealth has many great parks and historically significant sites," said Governor Patrick. "It will be fun to let everybody help choose the one to submit."

The sites under consideration are any site under the supervision, management, or conservancy of the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United State Fish and Wildlife Service, or any similar department or agency of the Federal government. In other words, national parks or other national sites in Massachusetts, including those appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, National Wildlife Refuges, and National Forests can be considered. The site must be federally recognized.

Citizens looking to participate in this decision may go online to to cast their vote. From a list of over 4000 potential sites, over 100 sites have been selected for voters' consideration. Voters can also call 1-800-227-MASS [6277] and leave a voicemail for sites not listed online. Voting will close February 26, 2009 and the winning sites will be announced soon thereafter. Further questions can be directed to the Governor's Office at 617-725-4005.