In response to the overflowing trash cans seen on the National Mall during the partial government shutdown, D.C. and community groups began stepping in to help keep parks clean. But now, their help may no longer be needed.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to ensure that parks are protected, and that visitors can continue to access parks with limited basic services,” said P. Daniel Smith, NPS deputy director.
The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown.
With construction underway on the Memorial Bridge, crossing it already comes with challenges, and the arrival of several potholes have recently made the drive a much bumpier one.
The partial government shutdown has led to trash building up around D.C. Crews are taking in about 30 bags of garbage each day from areas that are normally maintained by the National Park Service.
The National Park Foundation announced on Monday that the site of the National Christmas Tree in Washington was reopening after a brief closure tied to the government shutdown.
After months of stalemate, the group operating the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, was unable to reach an agreement with the National Park Service.
While the outdoor memorials are open to visitors during the shutdown, other monuments and services may not be available.
From Tuesday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, March 31, the National Park Service said that the temporary road closures are meant to protect visitors and residents while work is done to manage the area’s white-tailed deer.
From 6 a.m. to about 4 p.m., the National Park Service will close 17th Street between Constitution Avenue Northwest and Independence Avenue Southwest.
Advocacy groups have raised concerns about new protest fees being used to recover the costs of demonstrations on the National Mall, but the National Park Service says the idea is only in the earliest stages of being considered.
The fees would cover such things as trash pickup, barricades, event management and repairing turf damage. It’s among changes being considered to better balance free speech while ensuring that “iconic viewsheds are left unobstructed,” said a park service official.
The National Park Service said in a news release over the weekend that personnel from agencies in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia are aiding in the search for 53-year-old Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements.
This weekend’s preparation work is ahead of complete changes to the traffic patterns around the bridge, set to begin next month and run through the project’s completion in 2021.
A complete rebuild of much of the George Washington Parkway, including an overhaul of the interchange with Virginia Route 123, is expected in coming years.
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