Shutdown affecting Olympic National Park communities

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Shutdown affecting Olympic National Park communities

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

OLMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. – A new study reveals the partial government shutdown has caused Olympic National Park to lose nearly $3 million in tourism spending in the first ten days.

Maureen Finnerty with the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees says their study estimates that Olympic National Park and nearby communities are missing out on nearly 78,000 visitors and the $2.9 million they would spend on food, gas, and other amenities around the park.

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The numbers are based off the park attendance numbers from October 2012.

The group says with each day of the shutdown, the nations’ parks lose 715,000 visitors and park communities lose $76 million dollars in revenue each day.