2013 government shutdown was hard on communities near national parks

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:

Effects of the October 2013 Government Shutdown on National Park Service Visitor Spending in Gateway Communities
Natural Resource Report NPS/EQD/NRSS/NRR—2014/761

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