Congaree National Park officials say that the park’s visitor center will soon no longer be open on Sundays and Mondays, but visitors will still be able visit the rest of the park on those days.
Starting in October, the Harry Hampton Visitor Center will close two days per week (as well as on all federal holidays) as a budget-cutting measure, according to an announcement Friday.
“While an adjustment to Visitor Center hours is a big shift in how the park has been operating in the past, the management team feels these changes will ultimately improve interpretive operations and overall fiscal responsibility,” Superintendent Tracy Stakely said in the statement.
Campers will still be able to self-register for overnight camping, according to the park’s chief of interpretation Lauren Gurniewicz. She says the park’s trails and boat landings will also continue to remain open on those days.
She said the move will help the park avoid employee furloughs or layoffs. “This is a way to maintain the same staff size and still get the work done,” she told South Carolina Radio Network. “Everyone will still work the same number of hours, this just readjusts the work schedule to use them a little more efficently.”
Congaree National Park has free admission.