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Estimates: Shutdown cost Cuyahoga Valley National Park $1.5 million
Lost visitors and revenue

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park is feeling the impacts of the government shutdown.

According to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, the park has lost approximately 68,000 visitors and $1.5 million in revenue in the first 10 days of the shutdown. More than 800 jobs are at stake.

Joan Anzelmo is a spokeswoman for the coalition. She says the shutdown is reflecting negatively on the country as a whole.

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“For our government not to be operational, for our national parks to be closed, it sends a terrible message to the rest of the world. And I as an American resent that Congress is not doing its job of passing a budget and keeping the welcome mat out to the United States for visitors from around the world and for Americans to be able to enjoy their national parks every day of the week.” 

The retirees’ coalition is urging the government to pass a budget and open the federal government, including all of America’s national parks. 

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