National Parks open is one desirable phrase for many during the ongoing government shutdown, and states may soon have the chance to use their own money to reopen their National Parks under the Obama administration, Yahoo News confirms this Friday, Oct. 11. Despite the shutdown effectively closing U.S. national parks, the chance to visit them once again may be a possibility soon if states are able to rake in their own finances to maintain regular park operations.
Having National Parks open is something that children and adults alike have no doubt been missing since the government shutdown began nearly two weeks ago now. According to the report, up to eight national wildlife areas and parks could be open as early as this weekend, depending on the ability to reopen them.
While the government shutdown has been said not to affect all people here in the U.S., those locations that rely on money from frequent tourism are suffering the most, including such communities in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon areas. Without the income of tourism, these locales are “quite literally shutting down themselves, not unlike the government,” continues the report.
If the state governments have the money to pay for their own services, however, the Obama Administration is “considering” allowing certain state and national parks to become available to the public again.
An inside look is provided by the Associated Press in detailing how not allowing National Parks open is making these areas lose dozens of millions of dollars under the government shutdown. The focus on Recreation services is stated below:
All national parks have been closed since the shutdown began, but the Obama administration said Thursday it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks. Figures compiled by a coalition of retired park service workers indicate that some 700,000 people a day would have been visiting the parks and that the surrounding areas are losing $76 million in visitor spending per day.
In Washington, monuments along the National Mall have been closed, as have the Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo. Among the visitor centers that have closed: the Statue of Liberty in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Alcatraz Island near San Francisco. National wildlife refuges have been closed off to hunters and fishermen just as hunting season was getting underway in many states.”
What is your response to the government shutdown and national parks not being able to make money with the loss of tourism?