War in the Pacific National Historical Park closure continues due to government shutdown

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War in the Pacific National Historical Park closure continues due to government shutdown

by: Ron Borne, War in the Pacific National Historical Park | .
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published: October 10, 2013

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including War in the Pacific National Historical Park.  All visitor facilities including the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, park restrooms, parking lots and park roads remain closed and off limits until the government reopens.

Visitors and tour operators should not enter park grounds or go beyond locked gates and barricades.  All tours, programs, events, and permits are cancelled until further notice.

War in the Pacific has furloughed 21 employees because of the shutdown and five Pacific Historic Park association employees are similarly affected.  Two employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services.  Acting Superintendent Ron Borne said, “We regret that visitors cannot enter the park but with only two employees on duty we cannot provide for visitor safety and mitigate impacts to resources.  Right now all we can do is secure and monitor park property.”

The park will reopen once the government shutdown is over.  For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

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