Parks fall victim to shutdown

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BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — Some areas in local parks are closed due to the government shutdown, but many facilities remain open.

Campgrounds and recreation centers run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are closed because of the federal shutdown and that includes a few areas in the Valley. However, some campgrounds run by private contractors and state agencies not affected by the budget stalemate.

When people pull up to the Mill Creek day use area at Berlin Lake, they will find a locked gate and a sign that says “area closed until further notice.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirms that campgrounds and boat ramps are all closed because of the shutdown.

People said that the campgrounds at Berlin actually closed a few weeks ago, but the day use area remains open. Some  people bring their kids to  play on the playground, while others come for a walk and some even bring their dogs. We found a few cars that pulled up trying to do just that, and they simply couldn’t.

“I ride my bicycle there, walk in the winter time. A lot of people hike there in the winter time. I’d be using it right now if it was open,” said Gary Genetta of Berlin Center.

The U.S. Army Corps also confirmed that corp run boat ramps and campgrounds at Berlin Lake and the Shenango Reservoir are closed. One Uj.S. Army Corp boat ramp behind Bazetta Park is closed and the picnic area near the dam off Route 305  is closed, but all other facilities at Mosquito Reservoir are open.

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