National parks closed due to government shut down | Business
ATLANTA -- The partial government shut down is closing National Parks, including two in Atlanta that receive 2.6 million visitors a year between them.
The MLK National Historic Site hosts 700,000 people annually. On Tuesday the park service advised any one with travel plans to the historic site to check the website for information on when it will reopen. A contingency plan is in effect to protect historic assets, but the Visitor's Center is closed to the public indefinitely.
"We will have limited law enforcement presence here and so we'll do what we have to do to continue to protect the resources, of course it will just be limited," said Superintendent Judy Forte.
At Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park the staff was expected to show up for work on Tuesday morning only to go home with furlough notices. The park is also closed due to the shut down.
Last year there were more than 1.9 million visitors. It is the most heavily visited battlefield park in the country.
The MLK Historic Site and Battlefield Park will not reopen until the government finishes battling it out in Washington and the shut down is lifted.