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94 Congressmen Question Park Service's Decision to Close Select 'Urban, Open-Air Memorials'

10:06 AM, Oct 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Due to the continued lack of consistent implementation of this plan, we would like a better understanding of the process that led to these decisions.  Please respond to the following questions:


  1. Multiple lower profile open-air memorials and areas remain open on the National Mall and around the National Capital Region.  What factors were considered when the determination was made to close some areas, while leaving others open?
  1. During the partial government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 the currently closed memorials on the National Mall remained open.  What were the contributing factors to this change in NPS policy?
  1. What is the cost to operate an open-air site such as the World War II Memorial on a typical day?  How much is the National Park Service saving per day at that memorial by operating in its current “shutdown” posture?
  1. What is the estimated total cost to install barricades and patrol the perimeter of each open-air memorial and area during the shutdown.  What is the total cost to breakdown and remove all barricades once normal operations resume? 
  1. On multiple occasions since the shutdown began, members and staff have counted as many as seven NPS employees on-site at the World War II Memorial.  How many NPS staff members are assigned to these memorials during a normal shift? 
  1. Initially, NPS logo signs were posted at each of the closed memorials indicating that the area was closed due to the government shutdown.  On the second day of the shutdown the signs were removed and replaced with new, non-logo signs simply stating that “This site is closed”.  Why were the original signs replaced and who requested the change? How much did it cost to remove and replace these signs?

We look forward to your response and stand ready to work with the National Park Service to ensure that the American people aren’t unnecessarily burdened during the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.


Representative Bill Huizenga (MI-02)




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