Hagåtña, Guam– Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including War in the Pacific National Historical Park (NHP).
All visitor facilities including the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, park restrooms, parking lots and park roads – except for Marine Corps Drive (Route 1), a thru way – are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.
In addition, all park programs, special events, and special use permits have been canceled. Acting Superintendent Ron Borne said, “The shutdown will prevent hundreds of park visitors from enjoying our historic sites and memorials.”
War in the Pacific NHP hosts about 600 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 shutdown.
In War in the Pacific 21employees are on furlough because of the shutdown and five Pacific Historic Park association employees are similarly affected. Two employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services.
Nationwide the shutdown 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 website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
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