Service cites 20 over park closure
October 09, 2013 10:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Park Service said it has cited 20 people for violating a closure order at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The park, near Philadelphia, is closed amid the federal government shutdown.

The Park Service said runners and walkers have gotten only warnings, while those cited drove past barricades or blocked entrances.

Marathon runner John Bell, of Chadds Ford, said he did neither when he parked his car Sunday in a lot along state Route 23, which bisects the park and remains open.

Bell said he knew the main parking lot was closed, but didn’t know people couldn’t run in the park.

Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst said safety is a concern given staff furloughs, especially after a hiker was injured last weekend at Acadia National Park in Maine.

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