According to a newly released report by the National Park Service, not only did it take a substantial toll on NPS itself but surrounding communities were also affected. From the executive summary:
- A 7.88 million decline in overall NPS October visitation resulting in a loss of $414 million NPS visitor spending within gateway communities across the country;
- Gateway communities near forty five parks experienced a loss of more than $2 million in NPS related October visitor spending;
- Five states experienced a decline of over $20 million in NPS October visitor spending; and
- Each dollar of funding for the 14 parks opened with state funding before the end of the shutdown generated an estimated $10 in visitor spending.
You can read the entire report at this link: