As shutdown continues, parks collecting trash, opening

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PARK CITY, Utah — Trash collections were picking up this week in the National Park System, and some areas that had been closed to the public were reopening thanks to an infusion of funds from an account usually dedicated to enhancing the park experience for visitors, not cleaning toilets.

Press release after press release was being sent out by parks announcing that they were “restoring accessibility” to their parks. From Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the releases sought to promote a sense of normalcy returning to the park system.

“This week, Lake Mead National Recreation Area will resume routine custodial services and trash pickup, using revenue generated by recreation fees,” the park staff tweeted out.

Read the full story from National Parks Traveler.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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