An agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior to reopen the Grand Canyon National Park using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown has been reached by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
“I’m gratified the Obama administration agreed to reverse its policy and allow Arizona to reopen Grand Canyon, Arizona’s most treasured landmark and a crucial driver of revenue to the state,” said Governor Brewer.
“With a long weekend in front of us, I am thrilled Grand Canyon will be open and fully operational not only for our national and global travelers who have long-awaited to experience one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, but for the nearby businesses and communities whose livelihood depends on the tourism it attracts. I must especially acknowledge Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan, who has pledged private and town dollars to see this park reopened. I also thank the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Department of Administration, the Arizona State Treasurer and private businesses for their leadership and contributions to this important effort.