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Park Service losing $76 million a day in shutdown

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Part 44 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013
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THIS LAND IS OUR LAND: A few hundred veterans, families and supporters participate in a “March on the Memorials” Sunday in Columbia Park in Kennewick, Wash.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Every day that America’s national parks remain shut down, $76 million is lost at the “Barrycades.”

Last year, the country’s 410 parks and monuments hosted 715,000 visitors a day. Turned away by padlocked gates and officious orange cones, the flow of tourists has dwindled to a trickle – and so has the revenue.

In addition to the $76 million in lost daily visitor spending, $450,000 in daily campground fees and boat rentals has also dried up, according to data compiled by a Park Service organization.

“These figures are mind-boggling and only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America,” groused Maureen Finnerty, president of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

But not to worry, though. The Statue of Liberty, one of the NPS’ top money makers, re-opened over the weekend,but only after New York state taxpayers’ ponied up the money.

Magnanimously, the NPS said barricades will come down at other national sites, too — if states cough up enough money.

So where’s the savings in this shutdown? Certainly not at the national parks.

And, really, nowhere else, since furloughed federal employees, including park rangers, are due to receive full back pay when they finally return to duty.

See a breakdown of the national parks and their losses here.

Also, read Federal tourist blockades called ‘vindictive’ in Virginia.

Kenric Ward is a national reporter for Watchdog.org and chief of the Virginia Bureau. Contact him at [email protected] or at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward

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  37. Ohio vets ready to storm World War II Memorial
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  39. Federal tourist blockades called ‘vindictive’ in Virginia
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  50. No double dipping for furloughed federal workers in Virginia
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Kenric Ward was a former San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Dave

    Too bad the Tea Party-ers in the House didn’t consider this and the other costs in government operations that a shutdown causes before they hatched their shutdown strategy. They should have read a little history about the cost consequences of previous shutdowns — assuming they can read and actually have an interest in history. Doubtful. Dave

  • Robert King

    We need the common sense party

  • jlfonz1

    76 million dollars a day at 410 parks is enough to pay 926 employees at everyone of those parks at a rate of $52,000 a year. Do you think it takes 380,000 government employees to run those 410 parks?

  • jlfonz1

    Other than klinton pulling some personnel off sites in 1995 no other president has taken the despicable low road of actually closing parks to be vindictive and to feed the fawning left wing propagandist machine. Considering how many hundreds of thousands of government employees are considered “non-essential” why is it the leftist (like Dave) never “consider this and other costs in government operation” to the taxpayers?

  • icthelite

    These people need to be storming DC not some park entrance. Plug the streets of DC until they can’t move any traffic around there and they might start getting the message.

  • icthelite

    DC needs to seen huge masses of dissatisfied people standing out side their offices up there. Huge masses of dissatisfied people storming their home town head quarters.
    But most folks today are satisfied with setting in their recliners and just shaking their heads while listening to the 6 O’Clock news from the lamestream media.

  • Bugzy

    So what. DC is a Comic Book,

  • Bugzy

    The way the Park Service has acted. Fire em all.