State parks and towns adjacent to Yosemite National Park have a message for Californians: We're open for business. The government shutdown of national parks, forests, memorials and monuments that began Tuesday inadvertently has driven folks away from outdoor areas unaffected by the federal action.
"Most people don't know the difference between a national park and a state park," John Koeberer, chief executive of California Parks Co., which operates concessions in national and state parks, said in a statement Wednesday. "It's the national parks that have been affected by the federal shutdown, but at Angel Island, a state park, we've seen a big drop in visits."
Koeberer said he thinks visitors may believe the shutdown applies to the historic immigration station at Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay -- where hiking trails are open and bicycle and Segway rentals are operating as usual -- as it does to Alcatraz Island.
"The shutdown is hurting people, parks and businesses not just on the federal lands, but off them as well," Koeberer said.