Rhode Island Cuts Back State Campground Services
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued a statement regarding services in the state's public campgrounds during state shutdown days, according to WJAR-TV, Providence.
Parks will be open for passive use during all shutdown days. Restrooms will be open where available. No ancillary services (naturalist, education, training) will be available.
Beaches and campground operations will be minimally staffed to accommodate patrons and operations. Limited access to services such as sanitary pump outs are expected. All campground reservations are made through ReserveAmerica so staff will be reduced to the minimum expected to service occupancy. Beaches, parks and campgrounds will not be staffed during off season. Environmental Police will provide security details.
On Sept. 4, lifeguards will be on duty at state beaches and parks.
DEM Environmental Police will remain on full duty status. In addition to normal details on marine fisheries and marine security details they will provide additional security attention to parks, campgrounds, beaches and other places normally staffed otherwise. No reduction of efforts to protect or inspect shellfish grounds, market place activities will be experienced.