Local National Parks Back Open After Shutdown Ends
After a 17-day federal government shutdown, national parks are now back open for visitors.
From Pea Ridge National Military Park to Beaver Lake, all of Arkansas’ parks opened their gates back up, for the first time in over two weeks, Thursday (Oct. 17).
Park rangers said the shutdown came at a bad time and affected a large crowd.
“I know that the fall is a great time for visitors here in the Ozarks , I would say several thousand weren’t able to visit the park at that time,” said park ranger Mike Richards.
Visitors are returning for the first time in over two weeks. At Beaver Lake, the 11 public campground are back in business.
“All the boaters can come and launch in different areas of the lake, and our campgrounds that we normally have open at this time of year are fully operational. All the facilities, restrooms, water, everything is still available,” said Richards.
Lynda Blevins was one of the federal employees furloughed during the shutdown.
“For me personally , I am a social creature, so its been very difficult because I am used to welcoming people,” said Blevins.
She and all park rangers are happy to be back on the clock.
Watch the video above for more information about the re-opening of the parks.