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Big Spring National Park back open after government shutdown

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One visitor tells us he came to the park last week but was blocked out. One visitor tells us he came to the park last week but was blocked out.
He came back this weekend, happy to be allowed in. He came back this weekend, happy to be allowed in.
This weekend was busier as people came to Van Buren to visit the park. This weekend was busier as people came to Van Buren to visit the park.
VAN BUREN, MO (KFVS) -

Barriers no longer keep visitors from entering National Parks in the Heartland now that the government shutdown is over.

Big Spring National Park was busy this weekend as people took advantage of the beautiful weather.

One visitor tells us he came to the park last week but was blocked out. He came back this weekend, happy to be allowed in.

Other visitors even came from out of state to visit the park.

"We've got relatives here from Austin, Texas, and we wanted to show them the spring," said Clinton Reeves, a park visitor. "It's a beautiful day to be out and so we came down hoping that the park would be open and it is. It's just a beautiful day."

Park guests aren't the only ones glad the shutdown is over.

Workers at area hotels and lodges say during the shutdown people were canceling their reservations.

However, this weekend was busier as people came to Van Buren to visit the park.

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