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SF federal parks remain closed despite government resolution

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Workers and tourists in San Francisco were in limbo late Monday morning over when federal parks will reopen despite the recent deal hashed out in the Senate to fund the government until Feb. 8.

The temporary closures in San Francisco include Battery Chamberlin, Fort Point National Historic Site, Rob Hill Campground, China Beach and Alcatraz Island, which is still open but has no tours taking place.

“Some parks in the National Park System may have areas that remain accessible to visitors; however access may change without notice, and some parks are closed completely,” according to the National Park Services website.

Battery East Parking Lot, Navy Memorial Parking Lot (Lands End), Merrie Way Parking Lot (Lands End), Fort Funston Parking Lot, Ocean Beach Sloat Boulevard Parking Lot and Restrooms and Fort Mason Great Meadow Restrooms also remained closed.

Tourists coming through The City may be disappointed at the closures, but for the employees of these federal agencies including tour guides, rangers and custodial staff, the closures mean their jobs are not funded until the government gives the National Park Service the go-ahead to reopen the federal amenities and resources of the parks.

“Be aware that there will be no National Park Service-­provided visitor services, including restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance,” the National Park Service website reads.

Tourists may still visit these sites, but tour guides and other amenities that keep the parks running are not provided.

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