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Montgomery County To Open Glen Echo Park By Friday

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett and Councilman Roger Berliner speak outside of Glen Echo Park.
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Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett and Councilman Roger Berliner speak outside of Glen Echo Park.

Glen Echo Park will be open Friday morning in Montgomery County, regardless of the partial federal government shutdown which has left it closed for two weeks.

A public-private partnership operates Glen Echo Park, with Montgomery County being the public part of the operations. The National Park Service provides security and maintenance, and because of that, the park has been shuttered for two weeks.

County Executive Isiah Leggett now says if the government is not open by Friday morning, the county will remove the barricades, open the park and assume all the costs the federal government now covers.

He admits doing so will be an act of civil disobedience

"The only services they provide right now are security in the parking lot and picking up the trash," Leggett says. "So it's nothing that's a huge cost. The park is operated by the partnership."

The head of the partnership says they're losing money with the park closed, noting that five weddings had to be moved because of the park's closure.


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