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Park service workers at PINS return after government shutdown

Posted: 5:16 PM, Jan 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-28 19:17:25-05

 

Following last week’s agreement to reopen the government, federal employees at the Padre Island National Seashore were back at work today.

Crews started opening the park’s facilities on Saturday, and soon as they got word that a deal had been reached. Since that time, workers have been out making sure everything is ready for park visitors.

Padre Island National Seashore's employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks. Please come out and enjoy your national seashore!

Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on  Saturday, 26 January 2019

 

“We’re welcoming people back, they’re coming in and telling us how glad they are to see us as well,” said Charles Lassiter, PINS public information officer.  “It’s a big deal, you know. We’re here to serve and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

Throughout the government shutdown, there were multiple news reports of national parks around the country piled with trash, but that wasn’t the case here.

Campsites at PINS remained open throughout the shutdown, and park officials say campers and volunteers did a terrific job of keeping the park clean.