Employees at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, headquartered in Sandy Springs, spent the morning of Oct. 1 closing down the park as part of the shutdown of the federal government.

“All of the property of the park, including the 48 miles of river, is considered a closed area,” park information officer Rudy Evenson said.

Evenson said by dark today, entries to land units of the park would locked pending budget action in Washington. Eight of the parks 40 employees, including rangers who specialize in law enforcement, will remain on duty during the shutdown, he said.

You also won’t be able to visit any of the nation’s National Parks, renew or apply for a passport, get action on a government loan and getting in touch with Congress might be more difficult as staffers also received temporary pink slips. An estimated 77,000 federal workers are expected to be furloughed in the shutdown.

Another popular local historic site, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in the Atlanta, also closed due to the shutdown. The site includes the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, King’s birthplace and visitor center, and so is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center.

Our affiliate CBS Atlanta contributed to this report.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.