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Federal shutdown already affecting local park, historic sites

December 22, 2018

Federal shutdown already affecting local park, historic sites

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The federal government shutdown has already forced the closure of the James A. Garfield and First Ladies historical sites in Mentor and Canton, along with some park services in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

But much of the park will remain open, just without any park programs or visitor services.

The National Parks Service announced Saturday that the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor and the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton will be closed during the shutdown “for the safety of visitors and park resources.”

The park, however, “will remain as accessible as possible,” given the lack of any federal funding for non-essential services.

According to the National Parks Service, parking lots and most of the 125 miles of trails at the 33,000-acre park will remain open to the public. But several services have been halted, including public information centers, restrooms, trash collection, facilities maintenance and plowing of parking lots. Rescue services will be limited.

East Rim mountain bicycle trails will be closed. Programs like Sunday’s planned “Winter Warm-Up,” a seven-mile guided hike, are canceled.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express trains will not be affected, since those ended Friday. The railroad is not selling tickets for any trains before Jan. 19.

The park service also warns visitors that its websites may not be updated during the shutdown to offer up-to-date informations.

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