Shut-Down Theater: NPS 'Barrycades' Scenic Overlooks As Well As Memorials

Shut-Down Theater: NPS  'Barrycades' Scenic Overlooks As Well As Memorials

The scenic overlook pictured above is on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Washington, D.C.  and it’s considered one of the most scenic routes around the nation’s capital. But due to the government shut-down, it’s being “barrycaded” along with other scenic overlooks.

As Bryan Preston notes at PJ Media, overlooks  are “unmanned places where motorists can pull in, park for a couple minutes, look around, maybe snap a photo, and then move on with their day. There are no amenities. It’s just a small parking lot.”

According to a spokeswoman, any area that falls under NPS jurisdiction is subject to these rules because “Congress has not appropriated any funds to the NPS, the agency can’t maintain the areas, collect trash or sweep road debris.”

One wonders how they managed the last time the government shut down, and the parks remained open. Did the trash and road debris become an overwhelming problem — or more likely did the lack of maintenance actually make very little difference? 

The Regime has also seen fit to close the  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach. It’s one of 24 U.S. military cemeteries overseas that have been closed to visitors since Monday.

Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.

Here, via AJ Strata is a list of areas shutdown just to irritate the public: “Places that do not require human supervision on a daily basis, places that are costing the Obama administration tons of money to Barrycade!”

The National Park Service erected barricades to shut down parking lots surrounding Mount Vernon despite the fact that the tourist destination is privately owned, another example of how the feds are deliberately worsening the government shut down.

Numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the greater DC region, despite requiring zero immediate maintenance or patrols, have been closed down. Irate citizens are merely flouting the law and using them anyway.

The NPS has stationed officers along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that runs 184 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland to make sure nobody uses the bike paths. It would have required less manpower to keep this trail open. The handles on all the well pumps have also been removed.

The feds also shut down a tiny park in which children play on fake turtles, prompting angry mothers to remove the barriers, only to see them put back up. “The park is extremely small and sort of seems pointless to block off,” reports the Daily Caller.

They shut down a kiddie park? This is clearly “shut-down theater” and it’s backfiring badly on the Regime.