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Government shutdown locks New Yorkers out of national parks during gorgeous weather

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Day two of the government shutdown continues to disrupt normal life for people living all over New York City – even preventing people from enjoying the beautiful weather on Wednesday.

With the summer temperatures still sticking around, it would have been the perfect day to enjoy Floyd Bennett field, or hit a bucket of balls at the Brooklyn Golf Center.

But locks like this one prevented people from getting in to parts of the park, and this sign explains it all: “Park Closed Due To Government Shutdown”.  So while golfers couldn’t tee off, people were still t’d-off at the government.

“I think the government should stay shutdown, and all of them should stop getting paid, and let capitalism flourish,” said Daniel Corrar of Brooklyn

The Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes parks in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey is just one of the national parks shutdown during the government shutdown.

“Well, it will be going on until there’s a budget passed.”

John Daskalakis is a Park Ranger at Floyd Bennett Field, and one of the essential personnel making sure people stay out of the park.
Facilities for the NYPD and Department of Sanitation remain open, but all recreation facilities, including Aviator Sports which normally runs an after school program, are closed.
But with the beautiful weather, Daskalakis says people continue to show up, only to be turned away.

“I think a lot of people are looking to do what they normally do and find out that they can’t when they get to see us,” said Daskalakis.

People like Oscar Ortega who decided to ride his bike from Jamaica Queens.

“I’m coming here for the first time, I want to see what’s happening here and I’m surprised, because it’s closed,” Ortega said.

Ortega says he hopes the government will reach an agreement soon… with fall already upon us, he doesn’t expect many more days like this one, that he’ll want to enjoy outdoors.