Shenandoah National Park Still Making Up For Loss


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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) National parks are dealing with revenue loss due to last fall's government shutdown.

A recent report shows tourism is up; however, the numbers do not include 2013.

Workers at Shenandoah National Park said they're still making up for lost time because of the government shutdown.

In fact, they said they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of it.

In October, while the government shutdown was in place, the park lost 139,000 visitors as well as $400,000 to $500,000 in revenue, which comes from entrance stations and campground.

A lot of that money would have stayed local.

While park workers said people spent about $76 million locally, that number is only for 2012 and doesn't account for the shutdown.

"There were things that didn't get done and we're still playing catch up in some cases. Rehabilitate our buildings, provide upgraded facilities and so it translates into essentially a loss of our visitors having a little bit better here at Shenandoah," said Karen Beck-Herzog, Shenandoah National Park's public affairs officer.

Because of the snow the park is closed to visitors right now. There's no word on when it will reopen.


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