Government Shut Down Forces Closure of Manzanar National Historic Site

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The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


INDEPENDENCE, CA — Because of the shut down of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 National Parks, including Manzanar National Historic Site.

All visitor facilities, including Manzanar Visitor Center, barracks, mess hall, and the auto tour road, are closed. The site will remain closed until the government reopens.

Superintendent Les Inafuku said that all Manzanar group tours and special events for the next two weeks have been canceled. Events scheduled beyond that may be canceled if the shut down continues.

Manzanar National Historic Site hosts 210 visitors on average each day in October; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. Nationwide, the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shut down.

At Manzanar National Historic Site, 16 employees are on furlough because of the shut down, and another two Manzanar History Association bookstore employees are similarly affected. One employee remains on duty, providing facility security.

Nationwide, the shut down has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities.About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected.

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service web site will be down for the duration of the shut down. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.

For updates on the shut down, please visit http://www.doi.gov/shutdown.

About the National Park Service: National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

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