6,800 Wash. Campers Risk “4th” Cancellation

June 26, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on 6,800 Wash. Campers Risk “4th” Cancellation

‘‘‘Prospective campers are bracing for the possible shutdown of state camping facilities in Washington over the coming July 4th holiday if the state government shuts down this weekend.

All state parks in the state of Washington would be closed if there’s a government shutdown, my reported. All 117 parks and facilities would be off-limits.

“The gates would be closed,” said state parks spokesperson Virginia Painter. There are no services for them. No restrooms. No public safety.”

The campgrounds are nearly full for the 4th of July holiday. There are 6,800 reservations, statewide, for the first week of July. Those reservations would be canceled during any shutdown and campers would have to make other plans. “We’re working on how we would process refunds,” Painter said. “We’re working on those details right now.”

Painter said the agency is also preparing to notify those people holding reservations about what they can do, but she said they’re holding out hope those are calls they won’t have to make. “At this point, we just need to cross our fingers and remain optimistic, but we are also considering when to warn people about the situation,” she said.

Olympia still has six days to figure out a budget and avoid a government shutdown.



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