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War Hill Park not affected by government shutdown

Corps maintained parks will be closed

POSTED: October 1, 2013 1:49 p.m.

War Hill Park on Lake Lanier will not be affected by the federal government shutdown, county officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in a press release that "recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted."

War Hill Park, however, is maintained by Dawson County and will remain open, according to Lisa Henson, director of Dawson County Parks and Recreation.

"Yes, all the facilities at War Hill Park will stay open," she said.

The campground at War Hill Park is set to close for the season Oct. 31.

Corps managed parks on the lake are closed effective immediately.

The Corps "understands the impacts that these actions will have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas," said Lisa Parker, corps spokeswoman with the Mobile District, which governs Lanier.

"We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use (corps) recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted."

Campers now on site must leave campgrounds no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday. These campers can leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. They will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations.

Customers set to arrive after today may cancel their reservations for a full refund. They can leave their reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted and request a refund for any unused portion of their reservation.

To request a refund, please contact the reservation customer service at (888) 448-1474.

The reservation service will automatically cancel reservations after a customer's scheduled departure date during the shutdown period if the park is closed and the customer chooses to do nothing.-+

This story will be updated throughout the day.




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