Hello everyone and happy Sunday! So as you know, we’re in the middle of a government shutdown. I’ve received a ton of emails asking how the shutdown is impacting the Virgin Islands National Park. The biggest visible impact is the fact that most of the restrooms at the beaches are closed. There are a few pretty amazing things happening though as a result of this shutdown.
For starters, the National Park Visitor Center remains open thanks to volunteers from Friends of the VI National Park. The restrooms are open there too. Great news.
The restrooms and showers are open over at Trunk Bay, I believe until 4 p.m. daily. Again, thanks to volunteers.
Our rangers are still patrolling the streets. I am not sure if they are doing this without pay, but I am thankful to see them working.
The biggest thing that I would like to point out, however, is the trash. I have been seeing images on the news and on the internet that shows many of the country’s national parks simply trashed. Garbage is overflowing everywhere it seems. Well guess what… none of that is happening here. That is thanks to our volunteers and the great humans who are visiting the island. So thank you all for that.
I am not sure how long this shutdown will last, but I ask that you try to bring home your trash with you. There are dumpsters located all over the island where you can toss it. Let’s make our volunteers job that much easier.
Thanks folks. Just yet another reason to love this place…