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TN national park to reopen

(WMC) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is back in business.

Formerly closed, due to the partial government shutdown, the national park will reopen Wednesday.

Tennessee is one of several states who made a deal with the government to reopen the park at its own expense.

Servier County sent the National Park Service $300,000 to reopen the park for five days.

Government Bill Haslam has confirmed the park will reopen till Sunday, October 20th.

The National Park Service has released the following statement on its web site:

We sincerely regret any inconvenience the closures cause and look forward to once again welcoming you to your national parks. In the meantime, we respectfully request that you honor all park closures. With more than 20,000 National Park Service employees furloughed, the staff that remain on duty are focused on protecting park resources and human life and safety and cannot provide the visitor services that you have come to expect from us for nearly 100 years.

Thank you for your support during this time.

Additional parks that will reopen, due to donations from states to the National Park Service, include the following:

  • Arches National Park (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Canyonlands National Park (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Zion National Park (Utah, open October 11-20)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado, open October 11-20)
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument (New York, open October 12-17)
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota, open October 14-23)
  • Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona, open October 12-18)

To visit the National Park Service web site, click here: http://www.nps.gov/shutdown/index.html

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