National Park Service reopens some sites after pressure from governors, veterans

October 14, 2013

Seeking to blunt the worst of the government shutdown, the Obama administration agreed late last week to reopen national park sites in five states after governors said they would pony up millions of dollars to pay the workers needed to run them.

Among the parks are three of the most iconic sites in the U.S.: the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Statue of Liberty in New York and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

“I’m gratified the Obama administration agreed to reverse its policy and allow Arizona to reopen Grand Canyon, Arizona’s most treasured landmark and a crucial driver of revenue to the state,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement Friday.

It was the latest decision for the National Park Service, which was reeling from bad press after it closed the World War II Memorial on the Mall, trying to deny entry even to veterans who had traveled to Washington specifically to visit the monument.

On Sunday, veterans and others took to the Mall to protest the shutdown, and went so far as to take the metal barricades from around the memorials and try to carry them to the White House.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Lucien says:

    “National Parks” is a misnomer and should, instead, be called “Federal Parks” which should operated by the State in which the park resides … One of the more wasteful appropriation of tax dollars is the funding for a National Park Service …

  • helm20558 says:

    Since the federal gov receives the money from the states to begin with how about the states just pay for the parks to reopen and keep the money instead and just call it even. Also how about the states collect all taxes, pay for state needs and send the fed a 10 per/cent allotement of the take, then the fed would have to live with in it’s means, pay for only the constatutional requirements first and then the non essentials.

  • VirgoVince says:

    Let’s ALL hope you’re this BOLD when it comes time to DEFUND ovomitcare and NOT implement even one change to the current health care system, UNTIL WE have a conservative regime in place to do the RIGHT thing for WE the people and the country!!!!

  • awegweiser says:

    Closing the memorials is bad but hardly “the worst” of the shut-down (slim-down in Fox Speak). What of Cancer patients needed their treatments? Families of dead veterans not receiving their just payments? Hundreds of vital medical and scientific research projects halted and damaged? Thousands of young children pulled from Head Start? People unable to pay their rent/mortgage without a pay check? And the list is almost endless. AND ALL BECAUSE OF AN INFANTILE TEMPER TANTRUM BY A MINORITY OF THE HOUSE.

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