Conservancy and National Park Updates During the Government Shutdown
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Messages:
Important Shutdown Notice
During the federal government shutdown, the NPS website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions. Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown and the park website.
Information for all park visitors:
The trails and parking lots of Cuyahoga Valley National Park are OPEN. Visitor Centers and restrooms are closed, so please plan accordingly. We have public restrooms in Trail Mix store during store hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and our staff can provide park information. There are limited park rangers on duty so please be safe and careful and help us protect park resources.
Snow and parking lots:
Currently, the parking lots of Cuyahoga Valley National Park are being plowed when there is 3 or more inches of snow.
Statement from Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park CEO Deb Yandala on the federal government shutdown:
Dear park visitors,
The shutdown of the federal government is impacting national parks and National Park Service (NPS) employees. Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains open, but visitor centers are closed, ranger-led programs won’t occur, restrooms are closed and there is limited visitor and resource protection.
We are especially concerned about our NPS colleagues who are currently not being paid. Some are working but most are furloughed, all without receiving a paycheck. This can be very difficult, especially if the shutdown is extended.
The shutdown also impacts the Conservancy and our ability to maintain our operations. Currently we have not cancelled any programs or use of buildings that we lease from the federal government, but an extended shutdown is costly for us to assure that our business continues.
We are disappointed that National Park employees and visitors are impacted and we hope that there is a fast resolution to the conflict that led to the decision to shut down the government. It is unfortunate that our national parks and the people, organizations and businesses that depend on them are placed in this position.
Deb Yandala, CEO