An idea for a Lego set that would honor the 100th anniversary of National Parks in the United States is building support online.
The first national park, Yellowstone, was founded in 1916. Since then, the total of national parks has swelled to 58, an accomplishment which seasonal Park Service employee Gavin Gardner hopes to commemorate with the beloved Lego toys when the park system turn a century old next year. He built a series of vignettes on three well-known parks, Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, Everglades National Park in Florida and Saguaro National Park in Arizona, and is rallying support online for the company to make the sets official.
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Already the suggestion for a tribute to “America’s Best Idea” is taking off. On the crowdsourcing site “Lego Ideas,” Gardner’s contribution has received nearly 3,000 supporters, well on the way to the 10,000 its needs within the next year to be considered for wide-scale production.
It’s not hard to see why the idea is so popular. The colorful conceptual builds by Gardner show cheerful Lego park rangers, inquisitive visitors, and lively wildlife, allowing children to build outdoor adventures.
With 292 million visits to American National Parks in 2015, it’s a wonder Lego hasn’t already seized on the design. Fans who have commented on the proposal are hopeful that if it makes it to store shelves, it will bring even more attention to the parks and reestablish the importance of preserving America’s wild areas.
Here’s hoping that Gardner’s idea is embraced by Lego, and if it is, that it inspires builders to not only spend hours constructing National Park sets, but to actually get outside and see the real thing. The building blocks are great, but a few days in the actual Yellowstone or Yosemite and you’ll be sure to be singing the Lego Movie ditty “Everything is Awesome” all over again.
If you want to help increase the odds of these sets becoming a reality, be sure to log onto Lego Ideas and click the support button to cast your vote.