MOBILE, Ala.-– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District is preparing for the closure of USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks today Tuesday, October 1, because of the shutdown of the federal government for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation.
Affected recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.
"USACE 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, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Mobile District. "We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use USACE recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted."
Campers who are on site will be required to vacate campgrounds not later than 3 p.m. on Oct. 2. These campers may elect to leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations.
Customers scheduled to arrive after Oct. 1, may cancel their reservations for a full refund. These customers may also elect to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted and request a refund for any unused portion of their reservation due to the shutdown. To request a refund please contact the reservation customer service at 1-888-448-1474 (TDD 1-877-833-6777). 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.