Alibates Flint Quarries welcomed visitors Thursday, for the first time in 16 days.
Park rangers eagerly handed out maps and brochures to visitors. After a long hiatus, rangers were happy to be able to lend their services once again to visitors of the park. "Oh it was fabulous because I came out here and I was the first one to open Alibates," said Park Ranger Gigi Amerman. "I took down all the signs, and then visitors started pouring in."
As of Thursday afternoon, the park had seen 11 visitors, many of them from out of state who had been waiting for the government shutdown to end.
Park rangers say all daily activities and workshops are back to normal.
The park will have to reschedule its annual "Flint Festival" because of the shutdown.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10