National parks can and will open... if states want to use their own money to do so. On Oct. 10, MSN reported that the Obama administration has given states the green light to reopen the national parks which have been closed due to the government shutdown. Since there doesn't seem to be an end in sight, states are realizing that the longer the shutdown lasts, the more money they are losing -- so... a solution has been revealed.
"Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures," MSN reported.
If the national parks open, the states will have to pay to staff the parks out of their own pockets -- and it's not a cheap decision. It will cost about $50,000 a day to operate Utah's Zion National Park, for example. On the flip side, there are a lot of tourists visiting different areas of the country and many would love to head to a national park. The government shutdown has obviously put a major damper on this -- and states are losing money because of it.
"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," MSN reported.
Although national parks are open in some areas, there are still plenty of problems affecting millions of people because of the government shutdown.
© Effie Orfanides 2013