Gettysburg Park loses $1.8M in first 10 days of government shutdown

gettysburg national park lost $1.8m in the first 10 days of the government shutdown
Gettysburg National Military Park lost nearly $1.8 million during the first 10 days of the government shutdown, according to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
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Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg National Military Park has lost nearly $1.8 million during the first 10 days of the government shutdown, according to figures released Thursday by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

The organization found Gettysburg forfeited 27,397 visitors, resulting in a loss of $1,796,712.

It further stated a total of 1,141 jobs are at stake at Gettysburg due to the shutdown, including 1,051 local, non-National Park Service jobs.

“These figures are mind boggling and they only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America – our national parks,” CNPSR chairwoman Maureen Finnerty said in a statement.

“Towns, cities and even whole states that depend on park tourism are feeling an increasingly strong pinch. And if Congress continues to hold our national parks hostage, these communities will soon be reeling from what is in many cases the main driver of their economies.”

According to figures gathered by the coalition, as the shutdown continues, the country’s national parks are each day losing 715,000 visitors, $76 million in spending and $450,000 in lost revenue that would go directly to the National Park Service.

“The only thing that would be crazier than shutting down America’s national parks would be for Congress to allow wide open access to the parks without NPS’s dedicated and hardworking employees in place to protect the sites,” Finnerty said.

“By essentially enabling looting, poaching and vandalism, Congress would be taking what is already a dark episode in the history of our national parks and making it worse, including the theft or destruction of national treasures of incalculable value.”



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