The recent government shutdown resulted in the closure of America’s 401 national parks, and furloughs for more than 20,000 Park Service employees. But on Oct. 11, the National Park Service reached agreements to reopen some national parks and landmarks, even during the ongoing partial shutdown.
The closing of the national parks, many of which are popular tourist attractions providing much needed revenue for states across the U.S., has been a great source of consternation for tourists, travelers, and state officials alike, according to NBC News.
The Statue of Liberty had been open after repairs only three months when it had to close again last week because of the government shutdown.
In order to reopen the parks and landmarks, respective states across the land have agreed to bear the brunt of the financial burden. Funds to reopen the attractions will come from either state funds or private donations.
- N.Y. is assuming the $61,600 daily bill to operate Liberty Island National Park, which reopens this weekend.
- Ariz. will pay the weekly $651,000 price tag to run Grand Canyon National Park.
- S.D. has garnered private donations to cover Mount Rushmore’s daily $15,200 operating expenditures. Mount Rushmore is schedule to reopen on Monday.
And Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement that Colorado would fork over $362,700 to reopen its parks and monuments, notably Rocky Mountain National Park.
The monies put out by the states could be reimbursed by the federal government, but only if Congress can pass a bill to authorize those reimbursements.
Analysts have been predicting an end to the shutdown to take place in the coming days; but the government stalemate remains in effect.
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