Shutdown 2013: National Parks Opening Today
Bethany McNew, 24, from Tampa, mimics the pose of the Statue of Liberty as she poses for a photo on Liberty Island in New York, October 13, 2013. The Statue of Liberty opened before the end of the government shutdown because of state aid. The full gamut of national parks were slated to reopen today. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
The U.S. looked foolhardy to the world because of the government shutdown. With additional fiscal deadlines looming next year, let’s see how long we can keep these parks open.
Excerpt from Politco
The nation’s parks and monuments are back open for business, including the World War II Memorial, which became a rallying cry for Republicans during the government shutdown.
“I got in at 6:30, and the barricades were already down, so yeah, it’s back open,” National Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst told POLITICO. That includes other open-air monuments on the National Mall that Republicans denounced the park service for closing.
“The barricades are down at a number of the sites, if not all of them,” Litterst said.