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County exec to NPS: reopen park or 'the county will'

GLEN ECHO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is urging the National Park Service to reopen Glen Echo Park -- or the county will reopen it.  Leggett says the park remains closed even though programs there don't receive federal funds.

Tuesday, Leggett said in statement, "All the National Park Service does at Glen Echo is grounds maintenance, trash collection and provide security. If the National Park Service will open Glen Echo, Montgomery County will provide these services until the government shutdown ends. If NPS does not reopen Glen Echo by Thursday, the County will."

According to officials, Glen Echo Park is owned by NPS, but operated by the county and the non-profit Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture (the Partnership).  Currently, the Partnership and its nonprofit partners can't enter the park and can't collect their property or mail, according to county officials. According to the Partnership, the organizations are losing nearly $25,000 a day due to the closure.

Tuesday,  County Councilmember Roger Berliner, who represents Glen Echo, said he would join Leggett, if necessary, on Friday to reopen the park.