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Shutdown Expected to Affect Parking, Congestion at Clemyjontri, Riverbend Parks

With National Park Service sites closed, the Fairfax County Park Authority expects increased use of nearby county parks.

The Fairfax County Park Authority expects the closure of two National Park Service sites in the McLean area to affect county parks that remain open. Patch file photo
The Fairfax County Park Authority expects the closure of two National Park Service sites in the McLean area to affect county parks that remain open. Patch file photo

The federal shutdown — and the accompany closure of Langley Fork Park and Great Falls Park — is expected to affect parking, congestion and attendance at two county parks that are remaining open, according to the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Visitors to Clemyjontri Park will likely be affected by the closure of nearby Langley Fork. As long as the U.S. government remains shut down, access to the Langley Fork parking lot will not be allowed, the Fairfax County Park Authority posted on Facebook on Friday.

Langley Fork sits on federal land but is maintained by the local park authority.

And with the closure of the 800-acre Great Falls Park, a National Park Service site, the local authority is expecting and increased number of visitors at Riverbend Park to the north. 

Staff levels have been increased at Riverbend for the weekend, and the Fairfax County Park Authority will provide shuttles from the upper parking lot.

Police will be on hand to assist with traffic control.

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