The National Park Service spends $33.10 for every visitor that comes through to see the Bill Clinton Birthplace National Park. Ironically, it was Bill Clinton who signed a law in an effort to prevent this type of waste. Members of congress seem to get a kick out of creating national parks, money be damned. The NPS has spent $72,000 towards the Ronald Reagan Birthplace national park, even though they don't own it and the owner won't even discuss selling.
Meanwhile, repair on our largest parks are in need of about 11.5 billion dollars just to bring them up to the present day needs. Sen Tom Coburn, who is a one man fiscal watchdog, is highly critical of his fellow congressmen and the NPS, for misplaced priorities.
“The NPS is subsidizing Washington D.C. area concerts, preserving parks in foreign countries, and purchasing even more park property — including real estate on the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly $1 million per acre. At the same time, the crowned jewels of our National Park System have become tarnished.”
Every day, the Bill Clinton Birthplace National Park attracks an average of 24 people. No matter what your opinion of Clinton is, it doesn't make sense to preserve something with so little interest. The same would probably hold true with Reagan's birthplace.
In 2012, more people in the United States were struck by lightning than visited the Aniakchak National Monument in Alaska. The park had just 19 visitors and was one of the three most expensive parks per visitor.
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, had a budget of $193,000 in 2012, which worked out to more than $319 for each of the 604 official visitors. Another 1978 park, the Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Maryland, costs taxpayers $91 per visitor.