Congress struck a deal last night ending the 15-day government shutdown (albeit temporarily) and sending federal employees back to work--including park rangers. According to Cape Cod National Seashore Deputy Superintendent Kathy Tevyaw, both the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown are open for business today.
Both centers are operating on their regular schedule: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Prior to the government shutdown, the Seashore Park announced that despite federal sequestration cuts, the Province Land Visitor Center would remain open through its usual-end of season in October thanks to operational spending shifts and a boost from the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore non-profit organization.
But party squabbling on Capitol Hill ended up shutting down both centers and all National Park services and sites across the country over two weeks ago.
For the time being--at least until the beginning of 2014--the Cape Cod National Seashore will remain open--Salt Pond on its year-round schedule and Province Lands until the end of October.
The National Park Service website is back online too. During the shutdown, access to the site was unavailable to visitors. The site is now fully-functional and ranger led programs at the Cape Cod National Seashore will go on as originally scheduled. See the schedule of guided tours, talks and other events on the website.
(During the government shutdown, visitors to the National Park Service website received the above message.)